Dems urge Biden administration to sanction Russia pipeline to EU
Iran Press TV
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 8:44 PM
Two Democratic senators have called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to sanction a Russian gas pipeline bound for Europe.
The chair of the Senate foreign relations committee and the chair of the panel's subcommittee on Europe wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, urging him to stop Moscow before the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is completed.
"This pipeline must be stopped and your leadership is required towards that end," Senators Bob Menendez and and Jeanne Shaheen claimed.
Anti-Russian sentiments have been rising in Washington since Biden took over the White House.
"We appreciate and welcome the significant effort by the professionals at the State Department, Treasury Department, and intelligence community to build sanctions cases that can withstand scrutiny in U.S. courts, " the senators continued. "We do, however, urge that the effort to build strong Nord Stream 2 sanctions packages be accelerated to meet the urgency of the moment."
The letter was written as Blinken was meeting with leaders of NATO and the European Union in the EU de facto capital Brussels.
Russia restarted construction of the politically delicate pipeline to Germany in December after the construction work on the $11.6 billion pipeline, which would bypass Poland and Ukraine, was put on a halt for a year over Washington's threat of sanctions.
Berlin says it needs the gas as it is shutting coal and nuclear plants over environmental and safety concerns.
Moscow has vowed to complete the pipeline project, which is designed to take Russia's gas via the Baltic Sea to Germany.
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