US Senator Introduces Bill To Sanction Nord Stream 2 - Statement
Umer Jamshaid 12 days ago Fri 14th June 2019 | 02:00 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th June, 2019) A newly introduced bill in the US Senate seeks to enhance the energy security of European NATO member states and mandates sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, US Senator John Barrasso said in a press release on Thursday.
"Today, US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced legislation to give North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members an escape from Russia's political coercion and manipulation," Barrasso said. "It also mandates sanctions on the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, along with other Russian energy export pipelines."
Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European companies. It aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters (1.9 trillion cubic feet) of Russian natural gas annually directly to Germany and other European countries through a twin pipeline at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
The pipeline project has been welcomed by some countries in Europe and opposed by the others, who have raised concerns over alleged danger of Europe's dependence on Russia and the subsequent diminished transit role of Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly reiterated that the pipeline is a purely commercial project.
The United States, which seeks to promote its liquefied natural gas in Europe, has been one of the most vigorous opponents of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and has called on Gazprom's European partners to withdraw from the project or potentially face sanctions.