Draft lenient sanctions against Nord Stream 2 submitted to the US Congress

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An alternative bill to extend the U.S. sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream – 2” has been submitted to the House of Representatives. It contains softer measures than the previous version.

The document does not impose restrictions on European companies that provide pipeline testing, inspection and certification services. According to one of the co-authors of the document, Adam Kinzinger, such a decision “will not allow Russia to keep US allies hostage” after the project is completed.

On June,26 Ukrainian Naftohaz called on the USA to rather adopt the law on sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline.

A day earlier, it was reported that Germany was preparing measures in case of new restrictions against Nord Stream-2. The administration of Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering taking coordinated actions by the entire European Union, two unnamed German officials told journalists.

The construction of Nord Stream 2 has caused confrontation between Washington and European countries because of the U.S. position, which is opposed to the construction of the pipeline because of the desire to supply its liquefied natural gas to the EU.

In December, the United States introduced a package of sanctions against the project. As a result, the Swiss company Allseas was forced to stop pipe-laying work in the Baltic Sea and withdraw its ships from the pipeline construction area.

Germany, Russia and other countries involved in the project were condemned by Washington. Berlin called the sanctions an intervention in EU affairs. However, on June 4, American senators proposed new sanctions against insurance companies that work with ships involved in the project.

In response, German politicians proposed to introduce duties on American gas supplies. At the same time, American leader Donald Trump threatened Germany by introducing a tax on European product supplies to the USA.

The gas pipeline is now 94 percent complete and Russia is confident that it will be launched by the end of 2020. It is planned to connect a Russian pipelayer Akademik Chersky to the construction.