FP learns of Biden’s attempts to avoid sanctions against Nord Stream 2
The US President and his supporters are urging Congressmen to remove pipeline sanctions amendments from the defense budget. If passed, Biden will be required to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG Policy.
Last week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his aides called senators urging them to remove the amendments against the companies involved in the project, the newspaper writes.
In this way, the aides said, the administration tried to prevent the imposition of restrictions on German companies. One of them clarified that it is important for the United States not to “ push away '' Germany, which will prove to be an important ally if Russia invades Ukraine. Democrats also believe that the inclusion of amendments to the budget could significantly limit the ability of the executive branch to impose and extend sanctions, as well as create an unnecessary precedent.
According to one assistant, the presence of amendments in the defense budget imposes on the Senate the need to submit standard reports every two months, which can “ block '' his work. “ The implications here will go far beyond [the restrictions for Nord Stream 2] '', & mdash; he said.
At the same time, according to Foreign Policy, supporters of sanctions pressure on Nord Stream 2 believe that Biden is thus trying to justify his overly soft approach to the Russian project.
Amendments providing for sanctions against those involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 companies in early November proposed six Republican senators to the defense budget for fiscal 2022.
If the innovations are legislated, it will oblige Biden to impose sanctions within 15 days against “ any organization responsible for planning project, construction and operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as well as against the main shareholder of such a company.
In May, the United States included in the sanctions list two Russian companies and one institution associated with the construction of the gas pipeline, as well as 13 ships. However, no restrictions were imposed on the construction operator Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig.
Biden later said that the pipeline was almost completed and the introduction of new sanctions would be “ unproductive '' for US-European relations.
In October, Politico announced that Biden opposed the idea of imposing additional sanctions and the White House would not take such measures while he remains president.
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