The US Senate Introduced Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 In The Draft Defense Budget
The US Senate has included additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the draft defense budget of the United States, said Republican Congressman Steve Womack.
"I am proud to co-sponsor the sanctions aimed at stopping its construction, and applaud the Senate for including this priority provision in the draft defense budget," he tweeted.
According to him, the Russian authorities want to use the project as a "tool of coercion", and its purpose is allegedly to strengthen the dependence of Poland and Ukraine on Russian gas.
The author of the proposal to include an expanded package of sanctions was a group of senators: Ted Cruz, the Genie Sahin, Tom Cotton, Ron Johnson, and John Barrasso. In their opinion, this will speed up the implementation of restrictions and will contribute to the "national security" of the United States.
The Senate and House of representatives present their defense budget options. They are then United by a conciliation Commission, after which both chambers vote on the final version, which is sent to the President for signature.
Currently, US sanctions against the pipeline, introduced in December last year, are aimed at vessels directly leading the laying of pipes underwater. The new sanctions also target ship insurers and service companies that perform geodesic, trench, welding, and other work. Companies that carry out testing and certification of the project, without which it cannot be put into operation, are also subject to sanctions.