U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced the draft law on the sanctions against Russia for implementing the Nord Stream II project. His press office reported that June 14.
''Barrasso’s Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe bill, or ESCAPE, authorizes mandatory U.S. sanctions on anyone who invests at least $1 million, or $5 million over 12 months, or engages in trade valued at an equivalent amount for the construction of Nord Stream 2 and other Russian energy export pipelines'', Reuters wrote.
Barrasso is convinced that the Nord Stream II that transports natural gas from Russia to Germany would make Europe even more dependable on the Russian gas, undermining the diversification of European energy sources and supply routes.
The sanctions would first of all concern the foreign companies that provide their vessels to place the Nord Stream II pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
"Barrasso, from gas-producing Wyoming, said the United States is blessed with energy abundance. “It only makes sense that we would use these resources to help our allies and loosen (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s economic and political grip on the region,” he said in a statement", Reuters concluded.