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US Senate urges Biden not to give in on Nord Stream 2

Two US senators have written to President Joe Biden, urging him not to abandon sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline at the request of Germany.

The February 12 letter was made public by Senator Jim Shaheen of the Democrats. Together with her, Republican Senator Jim Risch signed it.

Senators say they are concerned about press reports about a request from Berlin to the Biden administration to drop sanctions on the project.

“This project will create a powerful new instrument of influence for Russia, allowing it to deprive Ukraine, Slovakia, and other countries of transit revenues. It will make Western Europe dependent on Russian gas and political leverage associated with it for the next 40 years. Russian infrastructure in a NATO country poses a threat to other member countries, “they note.

The senators add that they consider the US-German relationship to be the cornerstone of the transatlantic partnership, but note that the US agreement to complete the construction of Nord Stream 2 will not be a constructive way to preserve it.

They add that Congress has clearly expressed its bipartisan support for sanctions against the project by including them in several acts. They also note that the imposed sanctions (according to the CAATSA law) have already proven their effectiveness.

“We urge you and your administration to continue the implementation of the PEESA and PEESCA acts, in particular by submitting the necessary report to Congress on February 16, which indicates the companies that are actively involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 ... We look forward to working together to put an end to this dangerous project, “the senators concluded.

As you know, the Russian pipe-laying ship Fortuna, which is building Nord Stream 2, has come under US sanctions. The sanctions were also imposed against the Russian company KVT-RUS, which is the owner of the vessel.

After that, the Bilfinger SE concern left the construction of Nord Stream 2, becoming the first German company to abandon the Russian gas pipeline project.

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