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    U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.


    Ship laying pipeline under the Baltic Sea for Nord Stream 2.

    5/13/19
    In the latest uptick of trans-Atlantic tensions, European ships involved in the construction of a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could be subject to U.S. sanctions under a new bipartisan bill that will be introduced in the U.S. Senate as early as Monday. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, would sanction companies involved in laying deep-sea pipelines for Russian energy projects, taking direct aim at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has emerged as a major source of tension between the United States and Germany. Critics say the Nord Stream 2 project, which would double the amount of Russian gas piped to Germany via the Baltic Sea, makes little commercial sense and is a geopolitical power play by Moscow to exert energy leverage over Western Europe. Countries such as Poland and the Baltic states have joined the United States in opposing the pipeline. They also warn it could destabilize Ukraine as it wages war against Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country. Despite the conflict, the Ukrainian government relies heavily for revenue on transit fees for Russian gas going into Europe. The Trump administration has rebuked Germany for moving forward with the project, one of a raft of recent issues straining trans-Atlantic relations alongside Iran, climate change, and trade. Last July, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Berlin of being held “captive” to Russia due to its dependence on Moscow for energy, a charge German officials sharply dismissed. While Trump has clashed with Democrats and Republicans alike over his handling of relations with Russia, there is broad bipartisan opposition in Washington to the Nord Stream 2 project.

    The bill takes aim at the vessels used to lay deep-sea pipelines, which involves technological know-how that Western energy companies have but that Russia lacks. “That’s one of the few areas where, essentially [Russia’s national gas company] Gazprom lacks that technical expertise and technology in order to build the pipeline projects,” said Agnia Grigas, an expert on Eurasian energy issues with the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. A senior Republican aide familiar with the draft legislation said parts of it were modeled on previous U.S. efforts to target Iranian oil exports. Trump administration officials have telegraphed warnings of sanctions for months if the project moved forward. In January, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell wrote a letter to a group of companies involved in Nord Stream 2, warning them that they could face sanctions if they continue with the project under another 2017 U.S. law, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas criticized the threats that same month. “Questions of European energy policy must be decided in Europe, not in the U.S.,” Maas said. “To impose unilateral sanctions against Nord Stream 2 is certainly not the way to go.” “Could it delay things? Sure. Could it stop it altogether? Now I’m much more dubious,” said Richard Nephew, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “The Russians have made pretty clear that they’re going to proceed with this no matter what.”
    Makes sense to go after these specialized ships to disrupt this multilayered Kremlin project. Despite Moscow assurances, Russia's Gazprom is not in negotiations with Ukraine's Naftogaz regarding gas transit fees through Ukraine to Europe. Germany's Angela Merkel assured the European Union that Europe's gas supply would continue to transit Ukraine. In fact, Ukraine has yet to receive the relatively small volume of Russian gas for which it prepaid. Russia’s Gazprom in addition, continues to refuse to pay Ukraine a $2.6 billion fine levied by Stockholm arbitration. There is a political division within the Merkel governing coalition regarding Nord Stream 2. A significant faction wishes to stop the project.

    Related: Senators Draft Bill to Sanction Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline


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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    No! It does not make sense. It is the Economic Arm of Full Spectrum Dominance attempting to control Trade and prevent Free Trade. You are a troll constantly repeating Anti Russian rhetoric to distort truths with gubmint propoganda. The USA is attempting to control the Corporate Energy supplies Worldwide and failing in that attempt. Death, chaos and destruction are the result of these USA policies and you would be well advised to take heed of these harbingers of doom. The EU will say "screw you" to NATO. US Treasuries will have to pay higher interest to get morons to buy their loans. As we speak, false flags are being generated in Arabia and blame cast at Iranians for a new Tonkin Gulf incident. More energy skullduggery.
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    ~....................... You are a troll....................~
    priceless

    Now I suggest a swig of Stolichnaya and a nice breezy Papirosi.
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    America is only harming itself ... how Europe meets it's energy needs has f**k all to do with America .... what America does not understand is if America hits EU companies with sanctions we will hit US companies with sanctions

    and the 2nd troll appears .... now waiting for the Swedish half wit to make up the trio
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Chagos View Post
    priceless

    Now I suggest a swig of Stolichnaya and a nice breezy Papirosi.
    Lol. The irony of his post is beyond epic. Like Trump, I think he actually believes in his nonsense.


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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Lol. The irony of his post is beyond epic. Like Trump, I think he actually believes in his nonsense.
    With me, more often than not, he falls under the crunch of the scroll wheel.
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    I think Dave Fagan and Godric have it all summed up.


    The forum is full of Russia hating trolling and associated fake news.
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Westphalian View Post
    I think Dave Fagan and Godric have it all summed up.

    The forum is full of Russia hating trolling and associated fake news.
    Don't worry Ivan. When Putin unplugs Russia from the Internet, information from there will become fairly scarce.

    Then Russian information will be whatever the Western branches of RT say it is.


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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Westphalian View Post
    I think Dave Fagan and Godric have it all summed up.
    When one has to cite sources as questionable as one-self in corroboration, that's kinda sad but, more than sad, actually amusing.

    What is truly sad however is when one then has to top it by lying such as in:
    The forum is full of Russia hating trolling
    in dishonest refusal of admitting the attacks to be directed at one's current government and the thuggery it perpetrates both internationally and domestically..

    But, back to "amusing", this:
    and associated fake news.
    from the advocate of nothing other than fake news, truly makes for merriment.
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    Re: U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    [B]~.....................There is a political division within the Merkel governing coalition regarding Nord Stream 2. A significant faction wishes to stop the project.
    Frankly, this economic gun-boat policy approach is set to draw an alienation rift between the EU (in general) as well as Germany (in particular) and the US.

    The US administration would be more prudent in letting the matter be solved locally here (apart from the inner German faction you mention, EU opposition is even more virulent).

    This way, if the bill passes, the Kremlin thugs will be the ones to profit and be it ideologically only.

    The Kremlin thug will consolidate financial losses by gloating over a EU-US disruption, something he wants just as much as a collapsing EU.

    He's already rubbing his hands in glee over the trade war between the US and both EU and China.
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