Dems blocks Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanction law

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation from the senator. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSinema thwarts hope for filibuster reform Holmes Norton: Cruz’s efforts to block DC students’ vaccine mandate ‘cross the border’ The Hill’s Morning Report – For Biden it goes from bad to worse MORE (R-Texas) for striking sanctions against companies linked to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a victory for the Biden administration, which believes such sanctions could damage relations with Germany.

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The vote on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport gas from Russia to Germany, comes at a delicate time for the White House as it navigates renewed tensions with Moscow over its build-up of troops on the border with Ukraine.

To underscore the dilemma for Democrats, many of whom previously voted for similar sanctions, senators stressed that they are concerned about Russia and the pipeline, but that Cruz’s legislation is not the most effective response.

“We can not look at this legislation in isolation. “This legislation comes at a time when the administration is exhausting every diplomatic way to deter Putin from further violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” the senator said. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne Shaheen Democrats race to smash Cruz’s Nord Stream 2-sanction law Democrats, Cruz nominated for showdown on Russian pipeline Ukraine’s president, US lawmakers squeeze amid tensions with Russia MORE (DN.H.), adding that the pipeline is “leverage that the West can use at a crucial moment.”

Dens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott Murphy Democrats race to smash Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Act (D-Conn.) Claimed that the bill would be a “gift” to the Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinSullivan says the threat of Russian military invasion is ‘high’. Democracy is for life – and GOP wants to pull the plug Biden defense chief expresses support for Ukraine in the call MORE by dividing the United States from Germany.

“We need to send a message to Vladimir Putin that the United States and Europe are together and that we will deliver a crushing package of sanctions if you get further into Ukraine,” he said.

Cruz legislation would require sanctions to be implemented within 15 days. In a red flag for Democrats, Congress would be able to force a vote to put sanctions back in place if President BidenJoe BidenGallego on January 6 troublemakers: ‘F — them’ Psaki: Why is the GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden urges employers to mandate vaccines despite Supreme Court ruling MORE gave up on them.

Biden waived sanctions in May against Nord Stream 2 AG, the Russian-owned, Swiss-based company for the pipeline project, as part of an agreement announced in July with Germany that supports the pipeline.

Democrats and the Biden administration worked overtime to crush Cruz’s efforts.

Victoria Nuland, Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs, briefed a group of potential senators on voting this week as part of a meeting hosted by Democratic senators who oppose Cruz’s legislation. Secretary of State Antony BlinkAntony BlinkenBlinken: North Korea missile tests ‘deeply destabilizing’ ‘Havana syndrome’ suspected in attack on US diplomats in Switzerland, France: report Russia-led alliance begins troop withdrawal from Kazakhstan MORE also briefed a bipartisan group on Ukraine, with senators hoping to travel as soon as this weekend.

The German government had also urged members of Congress not to slam sanctions on the pipeline, arguing that it would damage Washington-Berlin relations.

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Overnight Defense & National Security – There are still differences between NATO and Russia Senate Democrats unveil bills sanctioning Russia over Ukraine Democrats race to crush Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions law MORE (DN.J.), supported by Schumer and the White House, also offered competing legislation, giving Democrats concerned about Ukraine an alternative bill to support.

That legislation would give Russia new sanctions if it invades Ukraine, even though the Ukrainian government had publicly pushed for senators to vote for Cruz’s bill.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a tweet that Ukraine “asks all its friends in the US Senate to vote for S. 3436.”

Cruz argued that Democrats faced a decision between supporting the Biden administration despite their previous support for sanctions or helping to crack down on a pipeline that has triggered bipartisan backlash at an important time with Russia.

During a floor speech, he argued that his bill was the “best way to deter Putin from invading Ukraine” and that without it, Ukraine risks being wiped off the map.

“The eyes of history are on us today. Each of us will be faced with a significant question: Can we put small disagreements aside and can we come together to defend our friend and our ally Ukraine against impending Russian aggression?” Cruz.

The vote on the pipeline comes after the Biden administration held three separate meetings with Russian officials in Europe this week to offset a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine and outbreaks of war.

Russia has assembled more than 100,000 troops at Ukraine’s border in what it calls a military exercise. Moscow has said it views Ukraine’s closer ties with the West and its desire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a threat to its security.

Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 and has supported separatists against Kiev in the eastern part of Ukraine, called the Donbas region.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. delegation to the three meetings, stressed unity among allies in response to increased Russia’s aggression with economic sanctions, defensive military assistance to Ukraine and increased strength in Europe.

She reiterated previous statements from Blinken that Nord Stream 2, which is not yet in operation, allows Europe to put pressure on Russia.

“The pipeline is not operational right now. The German federal network has suspended the certification. And Secretary Blinken has said … ‘From our perspective, it is very difficult to see gas flowing through [the] pipeline for Russia to renew its aggression against Ukraine. ”

Berlin, addressing US opposition to the pipeline and concerns over Russia’s control, agreed to impose costs on Moscow should it find out that the Kremlin is holding energy hostage to threaten Europe or take aggressive action against Ukraine.

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