Senators rejected Ted Cruz’s proposal on sanctions against “Nord Stream-2”

Republican Ted Cruz, who is the author of the bill on the introduction of strict sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2,” could not enlist the support of the Senate on Thursday. Cruz’s proposal did not get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill through the Senate.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on the eve of the vote called on his party colleagues to vote against the bill on the imposition of sanctions against “Nord Stream-2.”

Calling the Republican’s proposal “a deliberate attempt to score political points and tie the president’s hands… at the international level,” Menendez urged Democrats to support an alternative bill that was presented by the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

The bill drafted by Menendez is more of a warning nature, providing for large-scale sanctions against high-ranking Russian government and military officials, as well as banking institutions, which may be imposed if Moscow launches military actions against Ukraine.

Menendez recalled that in 2016 he drafted the law “On the Defense of Ukraine,” which helped to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of the Kremlin’s aggression, which began in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea.

“The United States is doing everything possible to help Ukraine protect itself from Putin’s intimidation, to provide [Ukraine] with the assistance necessary to maintain its integrity and strengthen its security,” Menendez said, “I urge my colleagues to vote against [Senator Cruz’s] approach in order to guarantee the preservation of unity [among allies] that is currently needed to contain Russia.”

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat who initially drafted a bill on sanctions against the Russian pipeline with Cruz, also said before the vote that she now opposes this idea, which entails the risk of losing unity between Washington and Europe regarding Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Speaking on the Senate floor today, Shaheen said Cruz’s bill “drives a wedge” between the United States and its allies in Europe, especially Germany.

The United States, as well as some European countries, including Ukraine and Poland, opposes the pipeline, the start of which will deprive Kyiv of receiving money for the transit of Russian gas, and will also strengthen Moscow’s influence on Europe, especially in a situation of a sharp increase in the cost of natural gas.

Senator Cruz said that if the Senate does not approve his proposed bill, “Ukraine risks being completely wiped off the face of the earth.”

The bill drafted by Cruz provided for the imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, the international consortium managing the gas project, within 15 days after the adoption of the new law.

The bill proposed by Menendez provides for the imposition of sanctions against the pipeline, as well as against Russian officials and organizations only in case of Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine.

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