On Wednesday, the State Department head will attend a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is ready to “continue discussions” with congressmen on possible new sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline. This was stated on Tuesday by the official representative of the State Department, Ned Price.
On Wednesday, Antony Blinken, Price said, will attend a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, where he will discuss a wide range of issues.
One of the journalists who participated in today’s press briefing asked Price whether the Secretary of State is ready to answer numerous questions from congressmen about additional sanctions against “Nord stream-2.”
The official representative of the State Department recalled that the next report with a list of companies and ships that are helping Russia to finish laying a gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea would be presented to Congress in May. Price declined to comment on communications between the State Department and Capitol Hill, stressing that the Biden administration remains committed to preventing the completion of “Nord stream-2.”
“President Biden called it a bad deal dividing Europe. The Secretary of State, I am sure, will have the opportunity to continue discussing this issue with lawmakers tomorrow. He appreciates their understanding of the issue and their feedback on this and all other issues we face,” Price said.
On Tuesday, five influential Republican congressmen, following their colleagues from the Senate, appealed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Biden administration as a whole to impose sanctions against participants in the construction of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, warning that the project “threatens to increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia.”
The address was signed by the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Congressmen Adam Kinzinger, Brian Fitzpatrick, and August Fluger.