US Congress calls for new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Congressmen have cited a list of 15 ships and a number of companies that they believe may be linked to Nord Stream 2 and are calling for certain measures to be taken against them

Interfax-Ukraine reports that the senior Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, and a number of his fellow party members have called on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to impose additional sanctions on a number of entities that could be linked to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“We write to you to express our deep concern about the implementation of the Biden administration’s plans for sanctions on Nord Stream 2″ implicit in the European Energy Security Act (PEESA)”, – the lawmakers said in a letter published on the committee’s website,  – “We are deeply concerned that the administration’s strong statements on the pipeline are not matched by equally strong action.”

The congressmen cited a list of 15 ships and a number of companies that they believe may be linked to Nord Stream 2, and called for certain measures to be taken against them.

“We ask not only for your assessment of the updated list of entities provided below, (…) but also to be more specific about exactly what additional information the State Department needs to adopt additional sanctions”, –  they noted,  – “Given the shrinking window until the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, we urge you to submit new sanctions to Congress, (…) rather than waiting until May 17, when the current 90-day reporting period ends.”

Recall that the US State Department in February listed the Russian vessel Fortuna and its owner, KVT-Rus, on the list for possible sanctions on Nord Stream 2, which are already under sanctions imposed under former President Donald Trump.

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