Washington fears the negative consequences of anti-Russian sanctions for the West. This was reported on Friday, January 7, by CNN, citing sources.
The sanctions, which would have the most disastrous consequences for Russia in the event of a possible escalation of the situation around Ukraine, including against Gazprom or the Central Bank, could damage the global economy, the US presidential administration warns.
The restrictions may result in higher gas prices, as well as disruption of trade and investment ties between Europe and Russia.
The White House does not exclude that negative consequences could damage the country’s economy and the US allies. Other concerns are related to possible Russian cyberattacks on the infrastructure of the United States and European countries in response to the sanctions.
On January 6, the US Senate expressed the opinion that the approval of the bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 due to the alleged “Russian aggression” against Ukraine could interfere with the negotiations between American leader Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The bill obliges the Washington administration to impose sanctions on the pipeline within 15 days of approval, and also allows Congress to vote to reintroduce the restrictions if the American president decides to lift them. Restrictions, according to the bill, will be introduced in relation to organizations responsible for the design, construction and operation of the gas pipeline, as well as in relation to a number of their employees. The sanctions include a ban on entry into the United States, and also include a freeze on US assets and a ban on American citizens or companies from doing business with blacklisted persons.
On December 19, it was reported that the US Senate would consider sanctions against Nord Stream 2 until January 14.
Washington has long opposed the pipeline and has already imposed sanctions on the project several times, which, as experts pointed out, complicated relations with Germany, which supports the project.
The construction of SP-2 was completed on September 10. It was built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.
On December 16, Germany postponed a decision on certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline until at least mid-2022.