Democrats in the U.S. Congress have decided not to prevent President Joe Biden from engaging with Russia, and are likely to vote against the bill on sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. Politico newspaper reports about it with reference to the senators.
According to the newspaper, Democrats had previously voiced support for the bill, but “signaled a change in their position Wednesday,” saying they “do not wish to interfere with Biden’s engagement with Russia” amid its alleged invasion of Ukraine.
“At this point, as we monitor Russia’s possible actions in Ukraine, it’s very important for us to work together with our allies, and Germany is one of our very important allies. So I think this amendment is untimely,” the paper quotes Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat of New Hampshire) as saying. Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat of Connecticut) also reported “opposition” to the bill. The author of the initiative, Republican Ted Cruz, said that “the only reason they (Democrats) might vote against it is if they make a cynical decision to put partisan loyalties above the national security interests of the United States.
Earlier, the newspaper reported that Republicans are confident that the majority in the upper chamber will vote to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2. For this, the Republican Party needs the support of at least ten Democrats.