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House Republicans Urge Blinken to Slap More ‘Mandatory’ Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

The United States has already slapped two rounds of sanctions on Nord Stream 2 with the so-called Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act rolled into the National Defence Authorisation Act of 2019, and more restrictions passed on 1 January 2021.

A group of US House Foreign Affairs Committee members has called on Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to impose new sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

In a letter to Blinken released on Monday, the Republican lawmakers expressed deep concern that the Biden administration’s “strong statements in opposition to the pipeline are not being matched by equally strong actions”.

They also voiced alarm about the White House’s unwillingness to implement “plans for the mandatory Nord Stream 2 sanctions” required under current US legislation.

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