US Senators Initiate New Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2
Six American senators called for an amendment to the US defense budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which provides for sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG.
According to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Turan News, the proposed amendment introduces mandatory sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project, Nord Stream 2 AG.
The Biden administration earlier this year imposed sanctions against several companies that supported Nord Stream 2, but not against the operator of the project itself. The US leadership believed that the introduction of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 AG gas pipeline operator would worsen Washington’s relations with its key ally Germany, but would not stop the project. In this regard, the United States upheld the waiver of sanctions against this company.
Republicans, like many Democrats in the US, are worried that the project could increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and give Moscow leverage to pressure Washington’s transatlantic allies.