On 21 July the House of representatives – the lower house of the U.S. Congress adopted the budget of the Ministry of defence for the 2021 fiscal year.
For the document voted 295 congressmen, against – 125, reported on the website of the chamber.
Now the document will go to the Senate, and if approved by the upper house – to the President Donald Trump.
July 20, members of the house of representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the Pentagon budget, which provides for sanctions against companies connected with the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”.
The pipeline to connect Russia with Germany on the bottom of the Baltic sea. The length of the trail is more than 1,200 km, the new pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion m3 of gas per year. The cost of the project is €9.5 billion, it is financed by the Russian “Gazprom” and five European companies: Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, Engie French and Austrian OMV.
It was expected that the construction of the pipeline will be completed by the end of 2019, but then starting the “Nord stream – 2” is moved to the end of 2020.
The pipeline construction was frozen after December 2019, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the defense budget for 2020, which envisages the introduction of sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Turkish stream” and “Nord stream – 2”. Immediately after that, the Swiss company Allseas has suspended work on the construction of “Nord stream – 2” and withdrew from the Baltic sea and its pipe-laying ships. At the time of suspension of work remained to lay on the Baltic sea, 160 km of pipes, the publication reported Neftegaz.ru.
At the end of June 2020, the U.S. Senate included new sanctions against the “Nord stream – 2” in the draft defense budget for fiscal year 2021. Senators, in particular, has proposed to extend sanctions on firms that have been involved in the construction of the pipeline companies insurance and certification services, as well as services related to the technological upgrading or installing welding equipment.
Even before the inclusion of new sanctions in a draft defense budget, the German authorities have expressed concern about the possible increase of the restrictive measures. The Ministry of economy and energy of Germany stated that it opposes any extraterritorial sanctions. On 16 July the German foreign Ministry said that the us authorities “ignore the law and sovereignty of Europe to decide where and how to get energy”.