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Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 can hurt relationships

Several Democratic senators could harm relations with Germany late Monday after meeting with Biden administration officials, sanctions on Russia’s Nordstream 2 pipeline backed by Republican senator Ted Cruz. He said he believed he had sex.

Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and President Joe Biden’s global energy security adviser, Amos Hochstein met with about 10 Democratic senators undecided on the Cruz bill in a closed room on Monday.

After the parties reached an agreement last month, the bill is expected to get a Senate vote this week, and Cruz has lifted dozens of Biden ambassadors’ nominations. The transaction requires the bill to win 60 votes. This is a high hurdle in the 50-50 Senate. The bill will also have to be passed in the House of Representatives and signed by Democratic President Joe Biden.

Some senators told reporters that the executive branch was convincing. Senator Chris Murphy argued that the Cruz bill could undermine relations with Germany’s new government when Washington needs help to put pressure on Russia against the invasion of Ukraine. Stated.

“I think their claim is correct,” Murphy said. “The Cruz amendment will make Russia’s invasion more possible. There is no point in sanctioning the new German government when they have just changed their position to finally put the pipeline on the ice.”

The pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea ended in September, but may not be approved until mid-year after Germany delayed approval.

Germany’s ruling coalition is divided into Nordstream 2, and the Social Democratic Party is supporting the pipeline as it is hungry for natural gas after closing its nuclear and coal-fired power plants. But one of its junior coalition partners, Greens, is against Nord Stream 2.

US and Russian officials met in Geneva on Monday as Washington tried to discourage Moscow from a new invasion of Ukraine after it rallyed nearly 100,000 troops along the border.

The Biden administration opposed Nord Stream 2 because it could bypass Ukraine, steal favorable shipping charges and undermine the fight against Russia.

But last year, the administration was a company that manages the project to facilitate relations with Germany and other European allies that deteriorated after former President Donald Trump abandoned agreements on climate, Iran and other issues. Lifted sanctions on a Nord Stream 2AG.

Senator Dick Durbin said it would be desirable for Democratic Senator Robert Menendez to draft a legislation, “sending a strong message to Putin.” Still, Mr Durbin said he didn’t know when the vote for the Menendez bill would take place.

Senator Tim Kaine said he would like to compare alternatives to the Cruz bill as they emerge. Mr Kane said he was concerned about the measures taken by Cruz’s bill to allow Congress to vote to restore sanctions if the president abandoned them.

State Department spokesman Edward Price said last week that the Cruz bill would weaken the United Front in response to Russia.

Senator John Tester did not say whether he would vote against the Cruz bill, but Biden officials are “very prominent” about the need for German assistance in Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine. He said he pointed out.

“The message was that it would undermine negotiations taking place with Germany regarding Russia’s impact on Ukraine,” the tester said. “We need to make sure we do sanctions. Sanctions focus on the issue, not the collateral,” said Tester.

(Report by Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan, additional report by Patricia Zengerle and Andrea Shalal, edited by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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