The US Republican Party has pledged to soon adopt sanctions against Nord Stream 2 Republicans are promising that the Senate will pass a bill on sanctions against the pipeline in the near future. The sanctions may take effect 15 days after the document becomes law
The US Republican Party is confident that the Senate will pass a bill on sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Politico writes, citing its own source.
“ We will win this vote by an overwhelming majority, '' & mdash; cites the publication of an unnamed senior assistant to one of the Republican senators.
Politico recalls that 60 votes are needed to pass the bill introduced by Republican Ted Cruz, and therefore the support of at least ten Democrats. There are 100 senators in the House: 50 from the Republican Party and 50 from the Democratic Party.
The publication confirms that senators will vote on the sanctions bill by January 14. The document provides for the entry into force of the sanctions within 15 days after the final approval of the law. Moreover, if the president refuses to impose sanctions, then, according to the provisions of the document, Congress can do it.
According to the procedure adopted in the United States, after approval by the Senate, the bill will go to the House of Representatives, and then & mdash; to be signed by the President, after which it will acquire the force of law.
Senate to Consider Cruise's Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill until January 14, House Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in December. The issue of voting has become a bargaining chip between the two parties: as reported by Hill, Democrats agreed to consider Cruise's initiative in exchange for his refusal to block candidates for 32 government positions.
Construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Europe completed in October. It was planned to be completed at the end of 2019, but this was prevented by US sanctions, due to which some of the partners withdrew from the project. The pipeline is currently ready for launch and is awaiting approval from German and European regulators. The German Federal Grid Agency said on December 16 that no decision is expected to certify the pipeline in the first half of 2022.
The United States opposed the construction of Nord Stream 2, arguing that Russia would use it to put pressure on others. country. Washington intended to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG in May, but then President Joseph Biden refused to do so, explaining that such a move would be “ unproductive. '' for relations with Europe.
The issue of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 originated in the fall, when Western media began to publish reports that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine. Despite the fact that Moscow denied these statements, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland demanded tougher sanctions against Russia, including the introduction of measures against Nord Stream 2.
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