U.S. Secretary of the State Antony Blinken is ready to discuss the new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with members of the U.S. Congress. Voice of America reported that, citing Spokesman for the U.S. State Department Ned Price.
“President Biden called it a bad deal separating Europe. The State Secretary is sure that tomorrow there will be a possibility to continue the discussion of this issue with the lawmakers. He will estimate their understanding of the issue and feedback on this and other problems that we face,” Price assured.
According to him, on Wednesday, Antony Blinken will participate in the meeting of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he will discuss an extended circle of issues.
Price reminded that the next report with the list of the companies and vessels involved in the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 will be presented to the Congress in May.
On Tuesday, five affluent Republican congressmen appealed to Antony Blinken and the administration of Biden with the request to impose sanctions against partakers of the Nord Stream 2 construction. The lawmakers warned that the project threatens with the enhancing of the energy dependence of Europe from Russia.
The request was signed by Michael McCaul, Kevin McCarthy, Adam Kinzinger, Brian Fitzpatrick and August Pfluger.
In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the companies laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and Gazprom, the Russian gas monopolist decided to finish the construction works only with Russia's production capacities.
As we reported, the French insurance and investment group of companies AXA Group left the project of Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction. It became known that another 17 companies refused from further cooperation within this project.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze stated that Germany might face compensation claims in arbitration courts if it suspends the Nord Stream 2 project.