U.S. approves sanctions against Nord Stream 2

U.S. approves sanctions against Nord Stream 2

The U.S. Senate approved a defense budget that contains new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.

The $740 billion bill includes expanding restrictions against Russia’s Nord Stream-2 and Turkish Stream pipelines and against Ankara for its purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems.

The senators also approved of further arms supplies to Ukraine and voted for a ban on cooperation between the U.S. and Russian militaries.

Earlier, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated that the US attempts to stop the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is a part of the general policy of containment against Russia. The diplomat pointed out that aspects of this policy include sanctions, stop-lists and restrictions against companies and business representatives. She added that the plans for completing the pipeline will not change.

On December 9, it became known that the U.S. House of Representatives approved tougher sanctions against Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream. The relevant measures are contained in the draft military budget of the country for 2021.

The construction of Nord Stream-2 stopped last December after the U.S. threatened to sanction the owners of pipelayers.