The State Department considers sanctions against “Putin’s pipe” to undermine efforts to counter the aggression of the Russian Federation

On September 10, Russia announced the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.To accept Cruise's proposals 60 votes are required / REUTERSTo accept Cruise’s proposals 60 votes are required / REUTERS

The US State Department believes that the urgent sanctions bill put forward by Republican Senator Ted Cruise against Nord Stream 2 will undermine the “united front” in Europe in efforts to counter the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.

Representative of the department Ned Price told reporters about this, quoted by Reuters .

“We are concerned that if passed, this bill would only undermine the unity of our European allies at a crucial moment when we need to act as a united front in response to Russia’s threats against Ukraine,” he said.

He added that Washington intends to cooperate with Congress and discuss means of containing Russian aggression.

“Unfortunately, this amendment, in our opinion, is not a real attempt to counter further Russian aggression or to defend Ukraine,” Price replied.

The document provides for the introduction of restrictions on the Russian pipeline within 15 days from the date of its adoption. This requires 60 votes, and the Republicans are convinced that they can be found.

The Biden administration opposed the construction of the SP-2, since the Russian project would deprive Ukraine of the benefits of gas transit and make the position of European countries dependent on the Kremlin’s policies. Last year, the White House lifted sanctions on companies involved in the construction of the pipe in an effort to improve relations with Germany.

Senate Republicans, including Ted Cruz, regularly criticized the Biden administration’s soft stance and advocated the imposition of tight restrictions on Putin’s geopolitical project.

Berlin insists on the launch of Nord Stream 2, since the country needs natural gas to switch to green energy.

Now the certification procedure for “Putin’s pipe” has been postponed due to obvious violations of EU legislation until the problems are eliminated.

(C)UNIAN 2022

One comment

  1. “We are concerned that if passed, this bill would only undermine the unity of our European allies at a crucial moment when we need to act as a united front in response to Russia’s threats against Ukraine,”
    What unity??? These European countries oppose NSII: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Croatia.

    “Berlin insists on the launch of Nord Stream 2, since the country needs natural gas to switch to green energy.”
    The kraut government is one of the most hypocritical in the world. Why? Because its supposed “green energy” is anything but, regarding mafia gas. Mafia land is notorious in its polluting way that it extracts, stores and transports its hydrocarbon fuels, and it just so happens that methane is 25 times as bad as CO2 in trapping warmth.

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