Sen. Cruz Speaks With the Atlantic Council on How To Stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
Congress approved new sanctions earlier this month to impede pipeline completion
The developer of US sanctions against a major Russian gas pipeline to Europe expressed confidence that new sanctions will prevent the controversial project from being completed despite the Kremlin‘s attempts.
Earlier this month, Congress passed the National Defense Appropriations Act, which provides sanctions against companies that provide modernization services to ships working on the pipeline. «Nord Stream – 2», as well as insurance and certification services for this project.
Russia is currently trying to modify its own vessels to complete the pipeline, which is more than 90 percent complete, prompting Congress to approve a new series of sanctions in an attempt to thwart further progress..
«I believe that gas will never flow through this project», – said US Senator Ted Cruz, one of the sponsors of the adopted law, speaking at an online conference organized by the Washington think tank «Atlantic Council».
The sanctions are aimed at «critical vulnerabilities without which the pipeline cannot be completed», he said.
According to Cruz, just like last year, Russia is spreading misinformation that the completion of the project is inevitable..
Senate Republican Cruise, representing Texas, the largest oil and gas producer in the United States, rejected claims that the sanctions were an attempt to expand the European gas market for US energy exports, calling them Russian propaganda..
«From my point of view, obtaining gas from any source other than Russia significantly improves the situation of all», – said Cruz.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Christopher Robinson, speaking at the conference, said that Washington was against «Nord Stream – 2» and his predecessor, «Nord Stream – one», long before it got the legal and technical ability to export liquefied natural gas.
«I would say that these sanctions are working and we will stop this pipeline», – added the American diplomat.
According to Robinson, the stop «Nord Stream – 2» could be the key to improving relations between the United States and Russia in the future.
According to him, Moscow is currently seeking to expand its influence in Europe and «promote your geopolitical interests».
«If we want a more stable relationship with Russia, or seek to improve relations with Russia, then ending and containing hostile Russian influence will play a key role in this future US-Russian relationship, and we must stop the pipeline. "Nord Stream – 2"», – said the deputy assistant secretary of state.