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(CNSNews.com) - U.S. legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump last August authorizes the federal government to impose sanctions on European companies involved in Nord Stream 2.
The legislation declares it U.S. policy to “continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline” and to “prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy.”
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The administration has yet to take action on that provision of the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets Russia as well as Iran and North Korea.
In March, 39 senators from both parties urged the administration in a letter to “utilize all of the tools at its disposal” to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which they said “will make American allies and partners in Europe more susceptible to Moscow’s coercion and malign influence.”
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“The best way to guarantee Europe’s long term economic health and independence is to enable and support investment in a variety of energy sources, suppliers, and routes to meet Europe’s needs,” they wrote.
Several days after the letter was sent, State...
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