The Congress is planning to pass a defense policy bill will be the vehicle to stop the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 project to deliver natural gas to Europe via a new pipeline from Russia to Germany.
Defense News reports (source):
“Sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline have been added to the draft 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch told Defense News on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum.
The inclusion of the sanctions in the bill is a strong sign, but House and Senate lawmakers have yet to reach a final deal on the massive bill.
“The reason for the push is that this window is closing. A lot of Nord Stream is done already,” said Risch, R-Idaho, adding he believes the sanctions will persuade the construction firms involved to stop work on the project.
“It will cost them dearly. I think if those sanctions pass [the companies] will shut down, and I think the Russians will have to look for another way to do this, if they can do this,” Risch said.”
The US adminnistration and its proxies argue that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will increase the dependence of Europe on cheap energy resources from Russia. So, Washington proposes the EU to buy higer-priced, but ‘more democratic’ LNG from the US. Under this pretext, the US is intervening into the internal affairs of European states and weaponizing the economy.