Representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S. Congress expressed support for sanctions against the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”, the introduction of which on Wednesday announced Secretary of state Michael Pompeo. Politicians a letter published Thursday on the website of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate.
“We welcome the decision of the state Department to warn companies involved in the construction of “Nord stream – 2” and “flow – 2”, – the document says. The congressmen stressed that the initiative does not negate the need for the proposed last year, the restrictions on vessels associated with the construction of Russian pipelines, as well as sanctions in the framework of the law on ensuring energy security of Europe.
Pompeo said Wednesday that the state Department will include the “Nord stream – 2” and “Turkish stream” in the number of projects that are subject to sanctions in accordance with the law “On combating the enemies of America by sanctions” (CAATSA). It involves action against the investors who have invested over a million dollars to the Russian pipelines for the export of hydrocarbons, as well as against natural and legal persons, rendering services or providing technologies for such projects.
The project “Northern stream – 2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. To date, he’s completed 93%. Stop in project implementation was due to the fact that in December 2019 because of US sanctions by the Swiss company Allseas (“Allseas”) stopped work on the construction of the pipeline and stole their ships.