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US Senate Set to Vote for Cruz’s Nord Stream 2


January 13, 2022

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The U.S. Senate will vote Thursday on a bill being promoted by Republican Ted Cruz to impose sanctions on Europe’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, but is expected to get enough support to pass. Not.

According to Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff, the bill will be voted around 2:45 pm Eastern Standard Time (1945 Greenwich Mean Time).

Cruz last month agreed with the Democratic Party to vote by January 14 on the natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, instead of removing the nominations of dozens of Democratic ambassadors Joe Biden.

Under the agreement, Cruz’s bill requires 60 votes to pass, which is a high hurdle in evenly divided rooms lacking bipartisan.

Cruz’s bill defeats sanctions in the pipeline within 15 days of passage, regardless of whether Russia has re-invaded Ukraine, and if the president abandons sanctions, US Congress will vote to restore sanctions Allow to do. Cruz said sanctions were needed immediately to suspend the project.

A $ 11 billion pipeline led by Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom could be approved by German regulators later this year, five European energies supporting the pipeline’s financing. The CEO of one of the companies, Uniper SE, said last week.

Not only the United States, but some European countries, including Ukraine and Poland, are opposed to a pipeline that not only robs Kiev of shipping charges, but also increases Moscow’s leverage over Europe, where gas prices are skyrocketing.

On Wednesday, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez announced a bill imposing drastic sanctions on the Kremlin, military personnel and major banking agencies if Moscow engages in hostilities against Ukraine.

The Menendez-backed bill provides an alternative to Democrats who support sanctions in Nord Stream 2 and makes it difficult to pass Cruz’s bill.

(Report by Richard Cowan and Costas Pitas, edited by Sandra Maler)

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