Germany Is Following The Consideration Of The US Congress Of The Draft Law On The North Stream 2
The position of the German government on Washington's sanctions against Nord Stream 2 has not changed. Now, the German authorities are waiting for a specific decision on the bill on expanding measures against the project to be taken by the US Congress, according to a briefing by the official representative of the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert.
"Our well-known position for sanctions of this kind has not changed. We will see what specific decision the Congress will make," he said. For his part, German Foreign Ministry representative Rainer Broglie noted that the German Ambassador to the United States is monitoring the situation.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic sea to Germany. By now, Nord stream 2 is 93% complete. The stoppage in the project was since, at the end of December 2019, due to US sanctions, the Swiss company Allseas stopped work on the construction of the gas pipeline and withdrew its vessels.
On June 4, Republicans introduced a bill to expand sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to the US Senate. As noted by the press service of one of the authors of the initiative, the document "clarifies and expands the sanctions under the law on ensuring energy security in Europe" and is aimed "at blocking the completion of the construction of the gas pipeline." The next day, the head of the Bundestag (German Parliament) Committee on economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, said that Germany and the EU should think through responses to the US plans to expand sanctions against Nord Stream 2.