The US State Department fears that an amendment to the 2022 defense budget bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2, prepared by Republican Ted Cruz, could damage Washington's relations with European allies. This was stated by State Department spokesman Ned Price during a briefing.
"Unfortunately, this amendment is not, in our estimation, a genuine effort to counter further Russian aggression or to protect Ukraine. Our concern is that, if passed, the legislation would only serve to undermine unity amongst our European allies at a crucial moment when we need to present a unified front in response to Russian threats against Ukraine," Price said.
He added that the administration of US President Joe Biden is working with Congress and European partners on a package of sanctions that maximize the potential costs to Russia if Moscow does continue with aggression against Ukraine.
However, Cruz's bill on sanctions against the Russian pipeline, according to Price, will not be able to fulfill such a task.
"At this moment, it is in – it is critical to ensure maximum transatlantic unity in addressing the potential Russian threat to Ukraine. Russia would interpret any daylight in our position stemming from sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as an opportunity to exploit a fissure in the transatlantic relationship, and this administration is determined not to give them that," the representative of the State Department emphasized.
As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10. 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.
Meanwhile, German Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister of Economy and Climate Protection Robert Habeck supported the decision of the federal government not to interfere in the approval of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline and consider it only from a legal point of view.