The proposed sanctions should affect pipe-laying vessels and foreign entities involved in construction.
In the US Congress, Republican Andy Barr proposed introducing new sanctions against pipe-laying vessels and foreign entities involved in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was reported by RT on Tuesday, October 29.
The bill proposes to ban entry into the United States to individuals who help these vessels and entities to build pipelines to export certain types of Russian energy.
In addition, the document says that the president will be given powers by which he can impose sanctions against entities that “provide financial and insurance services to pipe-laying companies that support the export of certain types of Russian energy carriers”.
Barr believes that, through Nord Stream 2, Russia is spreading its influence in Europe.
Recall that the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project to be a big blow to the diversification and security of energy supply in Europe.
The construction of Nord Stream-2, according to Gazprom’s plans, was supposed to be completed by the end of 2019, but it has been delayed due to the fact that Denmark had not yet issued permission to lay a gas pipeline through its territorial waters.
In the event of a failure, Gazprom may lay the pipe along a different route, however, this will lead to the increase in terms and cost of construction.