Senators want US to use all options to oppose Nord Stream 2 pipeline

March 15, 2018

Thirty-nine US senators urged the Trump administration to use all tools at its disposal - including a provision in the 2017 Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) - to prevent construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

The project represents a step backward in Europe's efforts to diversify its gas suppliers and make US allies there more susceptible to Russia's coercion and malign influence, the 28 Republicans and 11 Democrats said in their Mar. 15 letter to US Sec. of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Deputy US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.

"For too long, European nations have been held hostage to Russian political pressure on a whole host of issues due to their dependence on [Russian Federation gas supplier] Gazprom to deliver gas needed to keep their people warm throughout the winter," the lawmakers said.

"The best way to guarantee Europe's long-term economic health and independence is to enable and support investment in a variety of energy sources, suppliers, and routes to meet Europe's needs and to force Gazprom to negotiate as a market actor and not a monopolist," they said.

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