Politico: Democrats in the US Senate will Not Support Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2
According to the publication, opponents of the project made it clear that restrictions could be an obstacle for President Joe Biden in the efforts to achieve unity with European partners.
"At this stage, it is very essential, since we are considering the potential actions of Russia in Ukraine, to cooperate very closely with our allies, and Germany is one of these very important allies. Therefore, I believe that the amendment is untimely," Democrat Senator Jane Sheikhin told the publication.
Party associate Chris Murphy noted that now is not the time to split transatlantic relations. "It would be unproductive if our ultimate goal is to save Ukraine from invasion," the politician added.
Senate Democratic Majority Coordinator Dick Durbin said he "intends to do nothing to harm the security" of the United States. According to Politico, only one senator - Richard Blumenthal - confirmed to the publication that he would support the initiative.
For commissioning, it is necessary to complete the certification procedure for Nord Stream 2 AG as a pipeline operator. In accordance with European law, it must create a German subsidiary and submit a new application already on its behalf. Then the German Federal Network Agency will issue a decision on which the European Commission will express its opinion. According to media reports, this may take several more months.