U.S. senator Bob Menendez says the new Russia sanctions bill that he is cosponsoring will not affect the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying Russian gas to Germany underneath the Baltic Sea.
The bipartisan bill that would impose drastic new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine is the latest congressional effort to push U.S. President Donald Trump to ratchet up Washington’s response to Moscow.
It was introduced on February 13 by Democrat Menendez and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, as well as other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez is the top Democrat on the Committee.
Menendez told a media briefing in Brussels on February 18 that “there’s no specific provision here on Nord Stream 2, let me start off with that, in terms of the sanctions that we have envisioned, and we seek to have a close collaboration with Europe on perfecting sanctions that can hit our ultimate target which is Russia for its violation of international law.”