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US Senate approves military budget and sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Senate-approved document will be signed by US President Donald Trump

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On December 17, 86 Senate members voted for the US defense budget law for 2020, which provides for sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, CNN reported.

Now the document will be sent for signature to US President Donald Trump.

On December 11, the US House of Representatives supported the defense budget bill for the fiscal year 2020, which included $300 million in aid to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Before that, both houses of Congress approved the inclusion of sanctions against the Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the defense budget. Trump said he was ready to immediately sign the document.

Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline that should connect Russia with Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The length of the route is more than 1200 km, the capacity of the new pipeline will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia consider Nord Stream-2 a threat to Europe’s energy security.

The restrictions on the Russian gas project Nord Stream-2, which the US Senate plans to include in the military budget, will affect the various companies involved in the construction of the pipeline.

At the end of October 2019, Denmark issued the last missing permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 south-east of the island of Bornholm. At the same time, the Danish Energy Agency has chosen the shortest route, since it provides the least risk and environmental impact. The application process in Danish jurisdiction lasted more than two years.

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