Three Republican senators have threatened a German port with "crushing legal and economic sanctions" if it continues to provide services to Nord Stream 2 -- a pipeline nearing completion under the Baltic to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany.
The measures are included in the final draft of the 2021 defense policy bill. Work on the €9.5 billion pipeline, which has been halted for a year because of the threat of sanctions, is scheduled to restart on Saturday.
The company behind the German-Russian pipeline announced plans to resume construction in early December, one year after work came to a halt. The US has strongly opposed Germany's attempts to push ahead with the project.
Work on the project to lay pipelines from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea ground to a halt in late 2019 due to US sanctions. Denmark has attached certain conditions to the permit.
Poland's anti-trust regulator has ordered Russia's Gazprom to pay an enormous fine over the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Warsaw has long been opposing the mammoth project to deliver Russian gas to Germany.
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