US Congressman introduces bill to expand sanctions for Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Republican Fred Keller drafts his bill in response to President Joe Biden's decision to lift some sanctions against Russia's pipeline
12:15, 2 June 2021

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A member of the US House of Representatives, Republican Fred Keller, presented to his colleagues a bill that would restore sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was reported in a press release published on the parliamentarian's website.

Related: Verkhovna Rada to consider appeal to the U.S. on sanctions against company building Nord Stream 2

The document is called the Protecting Our Wellbeing by Expanding Russian Sanctions Act or the POWERS Act, legislation that would immediately reinstate sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“After the Colonial Pipeline hack, the Biden administration faced an important decision: either invest in American energy and make it more secure or continue down a radical path that makes our nation reliant on energy from nations that do not have our best interests in mind. Unfortunately, the president’s decision to lift sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline—while simultaneously hampering domestic energy production—makes it clear where this administration stands. I’m proud to introduce the POWERS Act and prioritize American energy,” MP Fred Keller explained the document of his own authorship.

Related: Ukraine urges U.S. to introduce sanctions against company constructing Nord Stream 2

Last week, the president refused the sanctions toward the gas pipeline project, stating it can harm the relations with Europe.

As we reported, the Biden administration will waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig who controls the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany. 

Related: German politician Walter-Borjans supports construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream II, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.

On July 24, 2020, it became known that the U.S. Senate approved the draft defense budget with sanctions against the Russian Federation.

On October 20, the United States announced the expansion of sanctions on companies that provide services to ships laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

It is known that Germany does not intend to abandon Nord Stream 2 and considers it an economic project.

Related: Merkel to send delegation to Washington to discuss Nord Stream 2

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