State Department: The bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could undermine the unity of allies The State Department believes that the amendments proposed by Senator Cruz will not help withstand the “Russian aggression” against Ukraine, but will only “undermine the unity” of the European allies of the United States at a decisive moment
Senator's bill -Republican Ted Cruz on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 does not contribute to the confrontation of the “ aggression of Russia '' and could undermine unity among US allies, State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a briefing.
“ Unfortunately, this amendment is not, in our assessment, a sincere attempt to counter further Russian aggression or to defend Ukraine. We are concerned that, if passed, this law would only undermine the unity of our European allies at a crucial moment when we need to act as a united front in response to Russian threats to Ukraine, '', & mdash; Price explained in response to a request from reporters for comment on the Senate's plans to vote for Cruise's bill.
A State Department spokesman added that the US administration is working with Congress and allies in Europe on a sanctions package that will “ maximize the potential cost to Russia if if Moscow continues to show aggression against Ukraine. ''
“This law [proposed by Cruz] doesn't do that. It is now important to ensure maximum transatlantic unity in countering the potential Russian threat to Ukraine '', & mdash; Price noted.
Ted Cruz introduced a bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in mid-December. Bloomberg reported that in exchange for considering his initiative, the senator promised to stop blocking the approval of candidates for 32 government positions. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer eventually announced that Cruise's proposed amendment would begin to be considered no later than January 14.
Politico, citing a source, argued that Republicans are confident that the bill will be passed in the Senate. “ We will win this vote by an overwhelming majority, '' & mdash; said the interlocutor of the publication from the Republican Party. To pass the bill, 60 votes of senators are required. This means that 50 Republicans sitting in the House will need the votes of at least 10 Democrats.
However, two days later, Politico reported that the Democrats in the Senate, who were going to support the bill, changed their position. Now they believe that the adoption of the amendments could hinder President Joe Biden in the run-up to negotiations with Russia, and in the creation of a unified position with Europe.
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