The US Congress beforehand handed a Defence Authorisation Bill that included sanctions towards the joint undertaking by Russia’s Gazprom and European power giants. President Donald Trump, nevertheless, refused to signal it, dismissing the invoice for missing pandemic reduction efforts and being a “gift” to Russia, China, and Big Tech.
American sanctions towards Nord Stream 2 are a blatant assault on the pipeline undertaking, developed collectively by Russian and European firms, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned.
At the identical time, the spokesman steered that regardless of Washington’s efforts, the pipeline’s development shall be accomplished.
US Pressure on European Partners Over Pipeline
The Kremlin spokesman’s assertion comes within the wake of the US Congress adopting the Defence Authorisation Bill – a broad doc that features, amongst different issues, new sanctions towards the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The invoice, nevertheless, was rejected by President Donald Trump, who demanded that it have bigger pandemic reduction funds for American households and embody a provision voiding on-line platforms’ safety from legal responsibility over user-generated content material.
Washington claims the pipeline undermines Europe’s power safety and purportedly provides Russia leverage over the EU, regardless of Moscow and Brussels’ dismissing such allegations. The US has already launched a number of sanctions in a bid to cease the development of the pipeline and pressure Europe to purchase LNG from America or Israel as an alternative of Russian gasoline. While Brussel didn’t rule out purchases of American LNG, it defended the pipeline undertaking, during which a number of European power giants are additionally participating.