US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project contain reservations
The chambers of the US Congress agreed on their defense budget projects. As follows from the explanatory note to the combined bill, the budget includes sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Tellingly, the sanctions were provided for by both versions of the defense budget: both the Senate and the developed in the House of Representatives. At the same time, the agreed version contains a requirement to consult with a number of countries when imposing sanctions.
As well as permission for the US President to lift sanctions against a person, based on national interests. Apparently, Congress did understand that Germany could go into a serious conflict with the United States, defending its companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
As a reminder, the sanctions are planned to be extended to companies that “facilitate the sale , leasing or providing ”pipe-laying vessels for the construction of the gas pipeline. Their introduction was commented on by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
“In the context of Nord Stream 2, we consider this to be nothing more than a manifestation of unfair competition. Of course, such steps, in our conviction, fundamentally contradict the principles of international trade, and, besides, international law, “Peskov emphasized.
” We will do everything to protect our interests and to protect the interests of international commercial projects, ” – added the press secretary of the head of state. Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma's international affairs committee, also spoke about the new sanctions.
Sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project are already clearly irritating Europe
“The inclusion of expanded sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream in the US defense budget has nothing to do with European security. On the contrary, this only demonstrates Washington's readiness to destroy its partnership with Europe in an attempt to achieve a refusal to cooperate with Russia in the gas sector, “the parliamentarian said.
At the same time, Europe is frankly tired of American interference and declares its intention to defend its interests, including in the field of energy security, “- told Zheleznyak to RIA Novosti.
In the United States, according to a member of the Duma committee, they understand very well that there is no fair competition with Russian energy suppliers for American LNG in Europe endure. Europeans do not need expensive gas, especially in the current economic downturn amid a pandemic. Zheleznyak believes that only such non-independent countries as Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic neighbors will remain among the US “singers” in Europe.
“The American political elite continues to illegally extend the extraterritorial principle to international laws, thereby increasing irritation in the world. Rough US pressure is pushing European countries to determine their position in relation to national sovereignty. Liberation from American control over the internal affairs of Europe will allow countries to fully defend the interests of their citizens, ”the parliamentarian concluded. : ///
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