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U.S. considers new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

The goal is to prevent putting the pipeline into service since it has already been built
10:42, 27 May 2020

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell
Associated Press

Lawmakers of the U.S. Congress are considering introducing new sanctions against the companies involved in servicing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell stated this, according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

“New sanctions are met with bipartisan approval. Despite the election campaign, the legislative process can go quickly,” Grenell said.

The American diplomat made such a statement following his last week’s meeting with Senators and members of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.

According to Grenell, the goal of the United States is to prevent the pipeline from being put into service since it has already been built.

It is not yet clear what form the new sanctions will take. One of the possibilities is to tax companies that use special equipment for pipeline maintenance with trade fines. Washington also discusses sanctions against buyers of Russian gas.

Related: German environmentalists intend to ban construction of Nord Stream 2

Before leaving Berlin, Grenell called on the German federal government to fundamentally revise its policy towards Russia.

“Germany must stop feeding the beast without paying enough for NATO,” the US Ambassador said.

As was reported earlier, Russian pipelaying ship arrived in Baltic Sea to complete Nord Stream II construction works.

Related: Russian Energy Minister believes Nord Stream 2 to be put into operation before end of 2020

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