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US Senate rejects proposed sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline – rt en français

This text from a Republican senator would have given two weeks to the White House to impose sanctions such as travel restrictions or asset freezes of people involved in this gas pipeline that connects Russia to Germany.

With 55 votes against and 44 votes in favor, the US Senate blocked a proposal for sanctions against Russia concerning the Nord Stream 2 project. Politicians opposed to the text said that it risked “undermining the unity” of the allies. of the United States, and that it was not meant to help Ukraine but to “harm” the American president.

Moved by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, Bill 3436 would have given the White House two weeks to impose travel restrictions, asset freezes and bans on doing business with US companies for those involved. in the gas pipeline connecting Russia to Germany.

Six Democratic senators in favor of sanctions, only one Republican against

Democrats countered that the sanctions would do nothing to stop the supposed planned “invasion” of Ukraine, rumors that Russia has repeatedly brushed aside in recent weeks while recalling that it was taking “measures to ensure [sa] safety if necessary ”.

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said Ted Cruz’s bill “would undermine the current diplomatic situation [avec la Russie], which is absolutely critical ”. “This bill will not help Ukraine: it is designed to harm [Joe Biden]“, For his part declared his colleague Chris Murphy, senator from Connecticut. Six Democratic senators, however, voted in favor of the bill but their votes were not enough to reach the 60 necessary for its adoption.

Only one Republican voted against the text: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul declared that the proposal did not concern national security but “provincial protectionism” because its defenders came from states producing natural gas.

Referring to a “Joe Biden surrender to Vladimir Putin” on Nord Stream 2, Ted Cruz expressed himself in these terms on Twitter: “President Biden should listen to the Senate as well as the Ukrainian people and government, and reconsider his catastrophic decision to grant Russia exemptions from the sanctions imposed by Congress. Only the immediate imposition of sanctions can change Putin’s calculation, prevent a Ukrainian invasion and remove the existential threat posed by Nord Stream 2. “

US State Department Warns Against Law “Dividing Transatlantic Unity”

According to Politico, the Biden administration sent senior officials to Capitol Hill on January 10 to try to convince hesitant Senate Democrats to oppose the sanctions. Also according to the American media, the United States State Department recently sent Democratic senators a document entitled “Bill Cruz is designed to undermine the unity of our allies, not to punish Russia”. The arguments put forward by this document would be, for example, that the bill would “divide transatlantic unity” by going back on the agreement concluded by the United States with Germany.

The Democrats presented a counter-proposal that would sanction Russia as well as Nord Stream 2 but which would only be implemented if the hypothetical “invasion” of Ukraine actually occurred. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin – who had worked on the Magnitsky Act of 2012 providing for financial sanctions and visa bans against Russian officials suspected of being involved in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – predicted the proposal could get between 95 and 99 votes.

The rejection of new American sanctions by the Senate comes then the Russo-American negotiations in Geneva which opened on January 10 marked the beginning of a series of meetings between representatives of the Russian diplomacy and officials of the American government, of NATO and international organizations on mutual security guarantees. After negotiations with his American counterpart, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov, however, deplored Washington’s rejection of Moscow’s main proposals for mutual security.

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