US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and senior adviser on global energy security at the State Department Amos Hochstein decided to dissuade a group of Democratic senators from imposing sanctions against Nord Stream 2. This was announced by the journalist of the newspaper Politico Andrew Desiderio on his page in Twitter.
The bill is expected to be considered in the upper house of the US Congress this week.
According to the journalist, Nuland and Hochstein want to convince senators not to support the bill proposed by a group of lawmakers led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
“State Department officials Victoria Nuland and Amos Hochstein are briefing a group of Democratic senators right now, highlighting the administration’s opposition to Ted Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill, which will be put to a vote this week … The administration is trying to do so. so that the Democrats will oppose him, ”wrote Desiderio.
Earlier in January, Politico reported that, most likely, the bill on sanctions against “Nord Stream-2”, proposed by Cruz, will not be approved. The main reason was the reluctance to prevent US President Joe Biden from interacting with Russia. At the same time, the Republican Party said that the vote for the amendments would be adopted by an “overwhelming majority.”
On January 4, it became known that the United States was preparing a package of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. According to a spokesman for the US Republican Party, 60 out of 100 Senate votes are required to pass the bill, which implies restrictions on the gas pipeline.