Bipartisan senators seek sanctions on Russian pipeline work

Bipartisan senators seek sanctions on Russian pipeline work
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Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (R-Texas) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDesign leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay Bipartisan senators push new bill to improve foreign lobbying disclosures MORE (D-N.H.) introduced a bill Tuesday to impose sanctions on those involved with construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

If approved, the bill would place targeted sanctions against vessels that would be used to construct deep sea pipelines, including the one which would take natural gas to Germany.

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"Germany is a model ally and our transatlantic partnership is critical to furthering global security and prosperity," Shaheen said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is dangling the prospect of cheap gas in front of some of our closest allies to monopolize the supply of energy in Europe and bring increased instability to the continent. This pipeline has the tremendous potential to compromise energy security throughout the continent for decades. The United States cannot stand idly by while the Kremlin builds this Trojan horse."

"Nord Stream 2 threatens Europe's energy security and America's national security," Cruz added. "The United States simply cannot allow Russia to dominate Europe's energy future."

The pipeline has drawn criticism from the U.S. and some European nations who fear it would give Russia leverage over Western Europe via its energy supply.

The Trump administration has been critical of the pipeline and the House passed a resolution urging its cancellation in November 2018.