© RIA Novosti / Ilya Pitalev/construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. Archive photo fromthe U.S. Congress intends to include sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord stream — 2” in the defense budget in 2020. On this edition of Defense News said the head of the Senate foreign Affairs Committee Jim Risch.Sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline was included in the draft law “On national defence for 2020”, said Rish. “The reason for this step is that the window of opportunity closes. Most of the “Nord stream” is already constructed”, – said the Senator. However, he expressed the opinion that the sanctions “will convince” the construction company to stop work on the project because of the American restrictions, “will cost them dearly”.
In the case of inclusion of sanctions in the defense budget of the U.S. companies involved in the construction of “Nord stream — 2”, “closed”, in connection with which Russia allegedly will have to look for other contractors, says Rish.However, he noted that the house of representatives and the Senate have not yet reached a final agreement on the bill as a whole.The U.S. Senate Committee on foreign Affairs in late July voted for the adoption of the bill on sanctions against the “Nord stream — 2”. It is prepared by Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, in particular, implies the ban on entry into U.S. and freezing under the jurisdiction of the U.S. assets of persons involved in “the sale, rental, providing or facilitating the provision of” vessels for placement in the sea of Russian pipelines at a depth of 30 meters.For entry of the bill into force it must be approved by the house of representatives and the U.S. Senate, and U.S. President Donald trump.
“Nord stream — 2”
The project “Northern stream — 2” involves the laying of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. It cost 9.5 billion euros.In late October, Denmark was granted permission to lay the pipeline on the Danish continental shelf to the South-East of Bornholm in the Baltic sea. Before the project was coordinated with Germany, Sweden and Finland.In support of the project are Germany and Austria interested in a reliable fuel supply, as well as Norway, the government which owns 30 percent stake in the company Kvaerner, one of the construction contractors.Against the construction of the pipeline are Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine does not want to lose revenue from the transit of Russian gas. The United States also prevent the “Nord stream — 2” because I plan to supply Europe with its liquefied natural gas. According to critics, the “Nord stream — 2” is a political project. The Russian authorities repeatedly declared that its character is exclusively commercial, and the goal was called improving the energy security of Europe.