The US Congress intends to include sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” in the country’s defense budget for 2020. Jim Risch, head of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told Defense News.
Sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline were included in the draft national defense act for 2020, Risch said. “The reason for this step is that the window of opportunity is closing. Most of the Nord stream has already been built,” the Senator said. At the same time, he expressed the opinion that the sanctions will “convince” construction firms to stop working on the project, as the American restrictions “will cost them dearly.”
If sanctions are included in the US defense budget, the companies involved in the construction of the “Nord stream-2” will “close,” in connection with which Russia will allegedly have to look for other contractors, says Risch.
At the same time, he noted that the House of Representatives and the Senate have not yet reached a final agreement on the bill as a whole.
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in late July voted to adopt a bill on sanctions against the “Nord stream-2.” It is prepared by Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and, in particular, involves a ban on entry into the United States and the freezing of assets under US jurisdiction of persons involved in the “sale, lease, provision or assistance in the provision” of vessels for laying in the sea of Russian pipelines at a depth of 30 meters.
For the bill to take effect, it must be approved by the US House of Representatives and Senate, as well as by US President Donald Trump.