R-Calif. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has violated President Biden’s decision to waive sanctions on the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline. Claims that the move will affect the US economy. and geopolitical interests
In a letter sent to Biden on Monday McCarthy and other GOP House members have expressed “strong objection” to his administration’s decision to lift sanctions on the Germany-Russia pipeline. Lawmakers have said the completion of the pipeline would be a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin after what they described as a “presumptuous act”. The “internet terrorist attack” that crippled Colonial Pipeline, a major US fuel supplier.
“This action This will send more Russian natural gas to Europe. also makes US resources a clear competitive advantage causing Americans to lose their jobs and reduce America̵7;s geopolitical influence,” lawmakers said.
Biden lifts sanctions on Nord Stream AG and its senior executives. who is a longtime Putin associate. In a move that critics say it will expedite its completion. Republican lawmakers have accused Biden of hypocrisy. By his decision, by an executive order to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the US. due to environmental concerns
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McCarthy and his co-signer, Reps. Garret Graves, R-La., Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. and Andy Barr, R-Ky., noted that Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the hearings. insists he “intends” to stop the Nord Stream pipeline.
“Due to your outspoken aversion to domestic pipelines such as the Keystone XL pipeline, which are of the utmost importance to our Canadian partners. It is baffling that you are willing to give Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline the green light,” lawmakers added. “The Keystone XL pipeline will increase our energy security and create job opportunities for Americans.”
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“The lifting of these sanctions prioritizes Russian energy more than American energy and Russian jobs more than American jobs.”
Biden, who previously opposed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, said the imposition of the sanctions “for now would be counterproductive in terms of our European relations”.
German officials supported the project.
Biden is scheduled to meet with Putin later this month.
“We encourage you to rethink your actions and implement full Congress-mandated sanctions on all responsible parties and operators to permanently stop the creation of Nord Stream 2,” the lawmaker added.