The administration of US President Joe Biden will present a report on additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on Friday, February 19.
Bloomberg agency informs about it.
According to the agency’s sources, the document will indicate new restrictive measures that will affect a small number of Russian companies, while German firms will not be subject to sanctions. As noted by Bloomberg, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken does not want to impose restrictive measures against Germany and considers it more important to find a diplomatic solution to the issue. The head of the State Department also appeals to the fact that the country needs to recover from the damage that it suffered under the previous president, Donald Trump, who professed a “America first” approach.
According to the agency’s sources, the previous administration in the last weeks of being in power was working on the introduction of serious sanctions against Germany, but did not manage to implement them.
US congressmen on Wednesday sent a letter to Blinken demanding information on additional sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. They attached to the letter a list of ships that are “believed to have participated” in the construction of Nord Stream 2 since the entry into force of the US defense budget for fiscal 2021. Congressmen ask the State Department to provide them with an assessment of the activities of the listed courts.
Earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the US position on the Nord Stream 2 project has not changed, Washington considers the pipeline to be a bad deal.