US sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany were signed into law on Friday evening after President Donald Trump signed off on a massive defense bill.
The sanctions target companies that are involved in constructing the $11 billion (€9.93 billion) energy project that will transport Russian gas supplies under the Baltic Sea and deliver them directly to Germany.
The Trump administration now has 60 days to identify companies and individuals providing services on the pipeline. The sanctions allow Washington to revoke US visas and block the property of these individuals. Those targeted by the sanctions would then have 30 days to wind down their operations.
On Saturday, the group behind the project said it would aim to complete the project quickly in an effort to minimize the damage of US sanctions.
“Completing the project is essential for European supply security. We, together with the companies supporting the project, will work on finishing the pipeline as soon as possible,” Nord Stream 2 said in a statement.
’A severe intervention in German and European internal affairs’
The bill describes Nord Stream 2 as a “tool of coercion and political leverage” that Moscow could use against Berlin — and risks significantly weakening US ties to Germany and other European allies. US lawmakers in both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved the sanctions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has condemned the measures, urging the US not to meddle in European energy policy. “They affect German and other European businesses, and we see the move as meddling in our internal affairs,” a government spokeswoman said.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz called the sanctions “a severe intervention in German and European internal affairs.”
The sanctions are also opposed by the European Union. A spokesman slammed “the imposition of sanctions against EU companies conducting legitimate business.”
Russia: US pushing ideology
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also already vowed to continue with the project and has threatened “reciprocal” measures. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the United States of pushing an ideology that hindered global trade, adding on her Facebook page: “Soon they will demand that we stop breathing.”
Ahead of the sanctions being signed into law, Swiss-Dutch company Allseas suspended its pipe-laying activities. The company was hired by Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom to build the offshore section.
The pipeline was expected to become operational in the next few months, although the completion date for the project has now been thrown into doubt.
Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken,
Drei Ecken hat mein Hut.
Now imagine if they’d won the war.
I was convinced from the start that with a name like that she will never become the chancellor.
Get the fuck outta here!
Finland also has a distressingly poor chip selection.
One of the happiest days of my life was when Prisma started importing Tesco cheese and onion chips from the UK. Sadly not for long. One of Brexit’s many casualties.
They’re called crisps and we need them to take back control, thank you very much.
Fair cop. You’ll need all the nutrients you can get your hands once the food shortages kick in.
Recently a new flavour has come onto the market - curry chips. Surprisingly they are fucking delicious.
I also picked up fried egg-flavoured chips in Spain, which even Spaniards hadn’t heard of. Sulphurous and dreamy.
Germany has both paprika and ketchup. We have neither.
Upshot: We have the coarse ones with dill, which almost makes up for it.
I find the paprika chips unremarkable. It can be hard just finding decent plain salted ones at times, since paprika is overwhelmingly popular.
They’re not called crisps, you monumental buffoon.
Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of achieving glorious sovereignty.
Not even your remaining colonies call them crisps. Your nomenclature is as doomed as your empire.