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

Source : 112 Ukraine

The US Treasury Department has included to the sanction list Cyprus-registered Transadria Ltd and a Russian-flagged offshore ship Marlin, but the Blue Ship pipeline has not been sanctioned - the State Department has not explained why
13:19, 24 November 2021

Ned Price
Deutsche Welle

Following the imposition of sanctions on the entities and the ship involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2, the United States will continue to take similar measures in accordance with the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act 2019 (PEESA). This was stated by State Department spokesman Ned Price during a briefing on November 23.

"Well, let me start at the top and reiterate, as you heard from the Secretary in his statement again yesterday, that we continue to oppose Nord Stream 2, we continue to believe it is harmful, that it is a Russian geopolitical project, it’s a bad deal for Ukraine, it’s a bad deal for Europe. That is precisely why we have worked concertedly with our allies and our partners, including the Ukrainians, including our German allies as well, on a package that we announced several months ago now that will mitigate the effects, the pernicious effects of Nord Stream 2. It’s also why we continue to act pursuant to PEESA, the Protecting Europe’s Energy and Security Act, as amended, even as we have worked with allies and partners to ensure that the pipeline is not allowed to circumvent the certification process and the EU’s third energy package, including the various requirements that are spelled out there – requirements for ownership unbundling, the requirements for third-party access to the pipeline to transit gas from sources other than Russia, other than Gazprom. And so yesterday, you are correct that we did announce two vessels and one Russia-linked entity involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as now falling under our PEESA sanctions authority. And we will continue to follow the law to implement PEESA and, as appropriate, to sanction entities involved in the construction or involved in the pipeline,” Price said.

These are the sanctions announced the day before by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. He said the 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.

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.

Related: Future German parliamentary coalition should bury Nord Stream 2 on bed of Baltic Sea, - Ukraine's ambassador

Sanctions were Transadria Ltd. imposed under PEESA law, and Marlin was identified as property to be blocked.

However, another vessel involved in Nord Stream 2 was not included in the sanctions list, although Blinken mentioned it.

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.

And Price could not explain why Blue Ship was not on the sanctions list. He also did not answer the journalist's question whether the refusal to sanction the ship was due to the reluctance of the administration of US President Joe Biden to apply sanctions to organizations that are in any way connected with the German government.

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.

Today, 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.

Related: Launch of Nord Stream 2 could lead to loss of gas supply in five Ukrainian cities

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