The US Senate approved a version of the defense budget for next year, which involves additional sanctions against the “Nord stream-2,” according to the results of the vote. C-Span broadcast the session.
86 people voted for it, 14 against it.
The Senate and House of Representatives are preparing their draft defense budget. Then they are brought together by a conciliation commission, after which the entire Congress votes for the final version, and the document goes to the President for signature.
The day before, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved its project, which also allows for the expansion of restrictions against the gas pipeline.
The existing sanctions apply to organizations that are engaged in pipe-laying activities, as well as to insurance companies involved in this. So, after the first package of restrictive measures was adopted, Swiss Allseas almost immediately stopped work and diverted the vessels.
The restrictions are expected to tighten. In particular, the new sanctions will affect companies that will “facilitate the sale, lease or provision” of vessels for the construction of the “Nord stream-2.”
The US actively opposes the project, promoting its liquefied natural gas to Europe.
Alexander Novak, the head of the energy Ministry, noted that Russia would be able to complete the gas pipeline with its funds. Now it can be implemented by two vessels: “Academician of the Chersky” and “Fortune.”