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Biden administration tries to lift Nord Stream 2 sanctions, - Foreign Policy

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The White House tried to dissuade senators from trying to impose sanctions on German organizations involved in the construction of the pipeline
08:33, 25 November 2021

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"While Russian troops amass on Ukraine’s border, sparking fears of a renewed invasion, the Biden administration has been quietly lobbying Democratic allies on Capitol Hill to nix sanctions on Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline that are included in the must-pass annual defense bill," Foreign Policy reports.

In particular, these are restrictive measures that are included in the annual law on defense. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his senior assistants called the Senate offices last week, calling on them to repeal amendments that impose fines on a number of organizations involved in the construction of the pipeline.

Blinken's assistants said the White House was trying to dissuade senators from trying to impose sanctions on German organizations involved in the project. That sparked anger among Republicans in Congress.

The House of Representatives has already supported the defense bill for 2022 with sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline. For final approval, the document must also be voted on in the Senate.

On September 10, Gazprom declared that North Stream 2 was fully completed. Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.

On November 16, it became known that Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification. The report states that in order to renew the certification, the Nord Stream 2 operator must have an organizational form in accordance with the laws of Germany.

On November 22, State Department had submitted a report to Congress under the 2019 European Energy Security Act (PEESA), with amendments. The document lists two vessels and one Russian-related company, Transadria Ltd., involved in Nord Stream 2 pipeline against which it is proposed to impose new sanctions.

On November 23, the US Treasury Department included in the sanctions list Transadria Ltd, a company registered in Cyprus, as well as the offshore sea vessel Marlin, which was sailing under the Russian flag.

It became clear during a briefing by a State Department spokesman, the Blue Ship avoided US sanctions because it is managed by a German government organization.

On November 23, State Department spokesman Ned assured that the United States will continue to take similar measures in accordance with the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act 2019 (PEESA).

Related: United States to continue imposing sanctions on those involved in Nord Stream 2, - State Department

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