The foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Congress at its next meeting will consider a resolution calling for President Donald Trump to impose sanctions against the pipeline project “Nord stream – 2” to achieve its abolition. This is stated in a message posted Thursday on the website of the upper house of Congress.
The document also calls for the US administration to give a decisive rebuff the Russian aggression in the Black sea and to provide assistance to Ukraine to strengthen its defence capabilities.
Note that, if approved, the resolution will be declarative in nature, and its provisions are not binding.
The sponsors are senators Ron Johnson (Republican, Wisconsin), dick Durbin (Democrat from Illinois), Robert Menendez (Democrat, new Jersey), Jim Risch (Republican, Idaho), Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat, new Hampshire).
“The United States and our allies in Europe should give a strong and decisive response to Russian provocations, – reads the statement of the sponsors of the initiative. We as co-authors of the resolution expressed the willingness to work together with the administration and our allies and partners to increase the defense potential of Ukraine, ensuring of freedom of navigation in the Black sea, as well as for policy formulation aimed at preventing further acts of aggression by the Russian Federation. Projects like the gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2″, pose a threat to European energy security, and we agree with the European Parliament that the pipeline project should be canceled.”
The house of representatives in December 2018 has already adopted a similar resolution, which called on the EU to abandon the construction of the pipeline, and also called for the introduction of sanctions against this project.
The project “Northern stream – 2” involves the laying of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Its launch is expected before the end of 2019.