Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that the Biden administration would waive sanctions on companies involved in construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, due to reasons of national security.
US State Secretary Antony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday that Washington waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO, Matthias Warnig, saying that the move is “in the national interest” of the United States.
The report was required under Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), to identify vessels and persons involved in the construction of the pipeline and to describe the consultations carried out with allies and partners.
The report to Congress identified four entities and four ships that are subject to sanctions over their involvement in Nord Stream 2 construction. The vessels are the “Yuri Topchev”, the “Vladislav Strizhov”, the “Baltiyskiy Issledovatel” and the “Akademik Cherskiy”, while the entities mentioned in the report are LLC Koksokimtrans, LLC Mortransservice, the Federal State Budgetary Institution Marine Rescue Service and the Samara Heat and Energy Property Fund.
In his statement, State Secretary indicated that Washigton will “continue to oppose the completion of this project, which would weaken European energy security and that of Ukraine and Eastern flank NATO and EU countries”.
Earlier, Senator Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a…