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Weekend Reads US Senate debates new sanctions against North Stream 2

20:47  13 january  2022
20:47  13 january  2022 Source:   zdnet.de

Northern Korea draws an unidentified projectile at sea, the United States calls for dialogue

 Northern Korea draws an unidentified projectile at sea, the United States calls for dialogue © Valery Ax Seoul (South Korea), Wednesday. A television channel broadcasts images of a missile shot by North Korea. AFP / JUNG YEON-I North Korea has launched an unidentified projectile in the sea, announce this Wednesday South Korea and Japan. This is the first test of this type from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, in 2022. A shot condemned by Washington.

Against the background of the Ukraine conflict, the US Senate has dealt with possible new sanctions against the controversial Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. Senators debated on Thursday for a bill submitted by the Republican Ted Cruz, which aims in particular on the operator company Nord Stream 2 AG. The text at the same time limits the powers of President Joe Biden to grant exceptions of sanctions under reference to national security interests.

Der US-Senat hat sich mit möglichen neuen Sanktionen gegen die umstrittene Ostsee-Pipeline Nord Stream 2 befasst. Die Senatoren debattierten über einen vom Republikaner Ted Cruz vorgelegten Gesetzentwurf. © Odd Andersen The US Senate has dealt with potential new sanctions against the controversial Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. The senators debated over a bill submitted by the Republican Ted Cruz.

Cruz said in the Senate Debate, the law is the "best way" to hold the Russian President Vladimir Putin from an invasion of Ukraine. "If we do not come together today, Ukraine threatens to be completely deleted from the map."

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 Mali: Assimi Goïta pleads for a return to dialogue with the Cédaeo © AFP / Michele Cattani The Malian Colonel Assimi Goïta gives a press conference in Bamako, September 22, 2020. after breaching retaliation measures to sanctions From the West African community, the Chief of the Malian Juntus, Colonel Assimi Goïta, played the appeasement, Monday, inviting the regional organization to dialogue and calling his compatriots in peace and "resilience". After the Riposte, the call for dialogue.

The sanctions are not directed against Germany, the Federal Government or a German company, assaulted the Senator. The North Stream 2 AG resident in Switzerland is completely owned and under the control of the Russian gas giant Gazprom.

The Democratic Senator Chris Murphy argued, on the other hand, the Sanctions Act would not stop commissioning of North Stream 2, or retiring Russia from a single march into Ukraine. Rather, it would be a "gift to Russia" because it would drive a wedge between the US and their European allies. The democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen said the West could use Nord Stream 2 as a "lever" to hold Putin from a single march into Ukraine.

The vote was scheduled for the afternoon (14.45 pm local time, 20.45 clock CET). The bill needs a majority of 60 of the 100 senators. Since the Republicans face 50 senators and thus have to vote ten Democrats with them, approval was considered unlikely.

Ukraine: The Kremlin advises Washington not to cross "a limit"

 Ukraine: The Kremlin advises Washington not to cross © Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik / Sputnik via AFP L Tension no longer stops climbing between Washington and Moscow, at the beginning of the year 2022. Thursday, January 13, Vladimir Putin indicated that the adoption of American sanctions against the Russia would be the exceeding of a "limit" in the tumultuous relations which oppose the two blocks. This declaration followed the presentation by the United States of a plan aimed at sanctioning Russian vulneys in Ukraine .

The pipeline already completed but not yet in operation should bring Russian gas to Germany by circumventing Ukraine. The project encounters broad rejection in the US: the Biden government and parliamentarians of both parties see Nord Stream 2 as a geopolitical power instrument in the hands of the Kremlin. BiDen Democrats and the opposition republicans argue about the right handling of the pipeline.

biders renounced last May over a derogation on sanctions against North Stream 2 AG and their German managing director Matthias Warnig to burden the relationship with Germany. Foreign Minister Antony Blinking said then, a waiver of the penalty measures was "in the US national interest".

Republicans like Ted Cruz, however, urged an imposition of further sanctions to prevent commissioning of the pipeline. An attempt of the conservative senator to anchor the sanctions in the end of last year adopted new defense budget failed. Cruz could enforce that it is now voted on his law text. As a pressure medium, he had blocked a confirmation of numerous biders nominated aminated ambassadors, including the designated ambassador for Germany, Amy Gutmann.

Even with a failure of the bill, new sanctions against North Stream 2 would not be off the table. Democrats submitted their own bill in the Senate, which provides for a series of sanctions against Russia, should invade the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

sanctions should then be imposed not only against Putin, Russian government members and banks, but also against all companies as well as their executives, which are involved in "Planning, Construction or Operation" by Nord Stream 2. The US government argues that the threat of sanctions in the event of an invasion of Ukraine is more effective than sanctions imposed on possible invasion.

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