Secretary of State Blinken ready to discuss sanctions against Nord Stream 2 with congressmen

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Secretary of State Blinken ready to discuss sanctions against Nord Stream 2 with congressmen

On Wednesday, the head of the State Department will take part in a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is ready to “continue discussions” with congressmen on possible new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. State Department spokesman Ned Price said this on Tuesday.

Anthony Blinken, Price said, will take part in a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, where he will discuss a wide range of issues.

One of the journalists who participated in today’s press briefing asked Price if the secretary of state was ready to answer the numerous questions from congressmen about additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

A State Department spokesman recalled that the next report listing the companies and vessels helping Russia complete the gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea will be presented to Congress in May. Price declined to comment on communications between the State Department and Capitol Hill, stressing that the Biden administration remains committed to blocking the completion of Nord Stream 2.

“President Biden called it a bad deal dividing Europe. The Secretary of State, I am sure, will have the opportunity tomorrow to continue discussing this issue with legislators. He appreciates their understanding of the issue and their feedback on this and all other issues that we face, ”said Price.

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On Tuesday, five influential Republican congressmen, following their Senate counterparts, appealed to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the Biden administration as a whole with a request to impose sanctions on participants in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, warning that the project “threatens to increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia “.

The appeal was signed by leading Republican on the House Foreign Relations Committee Michael McCall, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Congressmen Adam Kinzinger, Brian Fitzpatrick and August Fluger.