It was planned to impose restrictions on many organizations that took part in the design and construction of the gas pipeline, as well as against companies that will be responsible for the operation of Nord Stream 2.

It was planned to impose restrictions on many organizations that took part in the design and construction of the gas pipeline, as well as against companies that will be responsible for the operation of Nord Stream 2.

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The US Senate did not find the necessary 60 votes to support the initiative of Republican Senator Ted Cruz on sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 trans-Baltic gas pipeline.

Earlier, senators from the Democratic Party actively supported the bill on new sanctions, but their position immediately before the vote changed to the diametrically opposite.

Most likely, this happened after the meetings of the senators with the US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the senior adviser to the State Department for energy security Amos Hoxtin, who were against the bill.

The initiative of Ted Cruz provided that after the adoption of the law, within 15 days, the White House administration should impose sanctions against the gas pipeline. In addition, it provided that if the US President decides to lift the restrictions, Congress will have the right to re-vote on the same issue.

It was planned to impose restrictions on many organizations that took part in the design and construction of the gas pipeline, as well as against companies that will be responsible for the operation of Nord Stream 2.

The sanctions included the freezing of the assets of employees of these companies in US banks, a ban on entry into the United States, as well as a restriction for American companies and citizens to do business with persons from the “black list”.

As an alternative to the Cruise bill, the Democrats introduced their initiative, which implies the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, as well as President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, foreign ministers, the Ministry of Defense and a number of military departments in the event of an aggravation of the situation around Ukraine.

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