Pressure over Nord Stream 2: USA impose new sanctions

Pressure because of Nord Stream 2
USA impose new sanctions

German companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline have nothing to fear from the USA, according to the agreement that Merkel and Biden concluded in the summer. The US government still has to put pressure on it. Now there are new sanctions.

The USA wants to impose further sanctions because of the controversial German-Russian natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. The State Department in Washington announced that the company Transadria, which was involved in the pipeline and had ties to Russia, and its ship “Merlin” were affected. This means that eight people or facilities and 17 ships are now subject to sanctions.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken stressed that the new penalties are in line with the US government’s opposition to the pipeline that will bring gas from Russia to Germany bypassing Ukraine. At the same time, cooperation with Germany and other allies will be continued in order to reduce the risk of the pipeline for Ukraine and eastern NATO countries.

Critics see Nord Stream 2 primarily as a geopolitical project for Russia. In the year-long dispute over the project, the federal government and the government of US President Joe Biden announced a breakthrough in July. They issued a joint statement pledging support to Ukraine. The US government also admitted that it will no longer be able to prevent the pipeline and therefore initially refrained from more drastic sanctions – for example against the pipeline operating company registered in Switzerland.

The announcement of the latest sanctions is part of a report to the US Congress that the government is required by law to submit. Every three months she has to submit a progress report to Parliament on her efforts on Nord Stream 2. However, no natural gas has yet flowed through the completed 1230-kilometer double line from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Last week, the Federal Network Agency suspended a necessary certification process for the time being. The operator Nord Stream 2 AG is a subsidiary of the Russian gas company Gazprom.

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