US House Passes Defence Bill With Sanctions on Nord Stream 2, Turkey’s S-400 Purchase

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The Defenсe Bill, totaling more than $740 billion, includes $635.5 billion for the Pentagon’s basic needs, $26.6 billion for the implementation of national security programs through the Department of Energy, and $69 billion for operations abroad.

The House of Representatives of the US Congress on Tuesday approved the defence budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

The $740 billion bill envisions expanding sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the Turkish Stream, further arms sales to Ukraine, a ban on US-Russia military cooperation, and sanctions against Turkey over its acquisition of the S-400 air defence system.

The House adopted the bipartisan bill with a 335-78 vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration, which is expected to pass on Wednesday.

More than two-thirds of the House voted in support of the legislation, which is enough votes for the chamber to overturn a veto as threatened by President Donald Trump.

Earlier, the US president announced that he intended to veto the bill because its text lacks a clause repealing Section 230 of the Communications Ethics Act 1996, which protects technology companies from lawsuits for posting, removing or otherwise moderating user-generated content.

At the same time, Republican lawmakers believe they have enough votes to override the president’s veto.

The Nord Stream 2 project, targeted by the newly proposed defence bill, involves the construction of two…

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