WASHINGTON, 6 Mar – RIA Novosti. Texas Republican Senator Ted Crewe has said he will continue to block William Burns as director of the Central Intelligence Agency until the Joe Biden administration expands sanctions on Nord Stream 2.
“I will lift my lock when the Biden administration fulfills its legal obligation to report and sanction ships and companies building Putin's pipeline,” Cruz said on Twitter.
Even a single senator can significantly delay the approval of a particular candidacy, but not completely stop it. Burns has already been unanimously recommended by the relevant committee. It is expected that the upper house of Congress will eventually be able to confirm his candidacy even without Cruise.
Earlier, the US administration reintroduced the pipelayer Fortuna and its owner KVT-RUS to the sanctions list for laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. At the same time, the “hawks” in the Senate say that since both the ship and the company were already under restrictions, the administration did not undertake anything significant. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Washington's attempts to stop the construction of the pipeline are a manifestation of unfair competition.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. The states imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas was forced to stop laying.
It continued a year later – in December 2020, the Fortuna pipelayer laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. As a result, according to Nord Stream 2 AG, at the end of January, approximately 148 kilometers of the pipeline remained unfinished out of the total length of its two lines of 2,460 kilometers – 120 kilometers remained to be laid in Danish waters, and about 28 kilometers in German waters.