Congressmen of the House of Representatives of the US Congress proposed for consideration a bill containing relaxed sanctions against participants in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, according to the website of legislator Adam Kintsinger.
The new sanctions bill will be considered in parallel with what was previously prepared in the Senate, the upper house of the US parliament. It will work as its refinement, adjusting a number of tough measures against construction companies – the final law on additional sanctions is likely to be softer than its first version.
In particular, the lower house proposes not to impose sanctions against companies involved in the inspection, testing and certification of the pipeline, as well as to cancel their planned entry into force retroactively. According to the plans of the Senate, upon adoption, the restrictions should begin to operate from December 2019.
Republican senators, who in early June submitted a draft of additional sanctions for consideration, said that Nord Stream 2 was a threat to US national security. Because of the harm that US measures can cause to the German economy, Germany threatened the American side with retaliatory sanctions.
The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea should have been launched at the end of 2019. The project launch date was postponed until 2020-2021, first because of the position of Denmark, which did not agree on the route of the project through its waters, and then because of US sanctions against companies participating in the project.