The United States tightened sanctions against the “Nord stream — 2”: the bill introduced in the Senate

Future sanctions will apply to vessels engaged in laying pipeline on those who provide them assistance

Us lawmakers Ted Cruz, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom cotton, Ron Johnson, John Barrasso introduced Senate of the U.S. Congress a bill to expand sanctions in respect of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2”.

“The new bill clarifies that U.S. sanctions related to the “Nord stream — 2”, apply to ships engaged in the laying of the pipeline, those who support and those who provide insurance services or port services, and companies that provide certification of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2″ at the beginning of operations”, — stated in the message.

The bill also “clarifies and expands sanctions under the law on ensuring energy security of Europe”. He aimed “to block completion of construction of the gas pipeline “Nord stream — 2”, the statement said.

“Nord stream — 2″ is a Russian trap,” said Barrasso.

“It makes Europe and our allies are dependent on Russia. We are committed to block all Russian efforts to end this dangerous pipeline,” added the legislator.

According to the Senator, these actions “will not allow Russia to strengthen its geopolitical weapon.”

The project “Northern stream — 2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. To date, the “Nord stream — 2” is constructed of 93%.

Stop in project implementation was due to the fact that at the end of December 2019 because of US sanctions by the Swiss company Allseas engaged in laying the pipes, stopped work on the construction of the pipeline and stole their ships.

Note that U.S. sanctions are now crucial to block construction of Russian gas pipeline.