The Empire strikes back. Germany and Russia have become threats to U.S. national security

Империя наносит ответный удар. Германия и Россия стали угрозами нацбезопасности США

© Nord Stream 2 / Axel SchmidtAs the German government eventually found a way to get the “Nord stream-2” from under the restrictions of the European Union, the Parliament of the USA decided to expand and deepen sanctions against those who build the pipeline. Moreover, as it became known on Saturday, November 23, “Northern stream-2” assigned to the national security of the United States.The draft law “On national defence for 2020” added sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. On this, as reported by the online edition of Defense News, its journalist said Friday on the sidelines of the VII Halifaxa international security forum (Canada) Chairman of the international Affairs Committee of the Senate (the upper house of Parliament USA) Jim Risch.

What kind of bill is it? It can be found on the website of the U.S. Congress — H. R. 2500 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Similar laws are accepted every year, their consistent allocation of money from the Federal budget on defense, on the basis of the congressmen and senators of threats to national security. The list of such threats listed in the description of the bill is quite broad and is not only purely military needs (such as procurement and testing of military equipment, the destruction of chemical weapons, and financial support for nursing homes for former military personnel, military construction, “overseas operations in emergency situations”, etc.).This bill, as it is written, also “establishes policy regarding nuclear sanctions against North Korea; issues related to Burma; human rights and accountability (obviously, in terms of respect of human rights. — Ed.) in Saudi Arabia; measures to combat trafficking in persons (trafficking), financing (the terrorist group in Somalia. — Ed.) “Al-Shabab”; sanctions against foreign traders are illegal synthetic opioids”, etc. That is the focus of attention of the congressmen in this case is much broader areas of the Pentagon.

According to Risha, the sanctions should force the construction companies involved in the implementation of the “Nord stream-2”, to withdraw from the project: “It will cost them dearly. I think that if these sanctions take place, (the construction company. — Ed.) stop working (most appropriate in this case, the English translation shut down, as it is clearly not talking about closing companies. — Ed.) and I think the Russians will have to find another way to do this (to build a pipeline. — Ed.) if they are able to do it.”

Part of the bill “On national defence for 2020” relating to specific sanctions, has not yet been published, but according to Rish, the document will be close to the bill on sanctions against the “Nord stream-2”, introduced by congressmen Ted Cruz and by Gene sharp, which he supported in July. The bill requires frozen in us jurisdictions of assets of European companies and individuals involved in “the sale, rental, providing or facilitating the provision” of ships for laying the Russian offshore pipeline at a depth of 30 meters and more.Revitalization of the idea of sanctions, apparently caused by the accepted November 13, the decision of the Bundestag (Federal Parliament) of Germany, which partially displays the “Nord stream-2” under the action of the Third energy package of the European Union, directed against the monopolization of the energy market. Exactly two months prior to this decision, 13 September 2019, the Federal network Agency of Germany in accordance with the decision of the European court adopted an interim measure, banning “Gazprom” to use the additional (over 50%) of the capacity of the OPAL gas pipeline (land part of the “Nord stream-2” in Germany).

The United States much more than the European Union, interested in the lock of the “Nord stream-2”, as they themselves have already started exporting liquefied shale gas to Europe. At full capacity, the export must go to 2022-2023 years. The Polish national gas company PGNiG has already been host 2017 U.S. gas transport ships, 15 Nov officially informed “Gazprom” on the refusal to renew concluded in 1996 contract (the so-called Yamal contract) on supply of annually 10 billion cubic meters of gas, which expires December 31, 2022.

So, the gas war between the US and Russia entering new stage.Vladislav Maltsev

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