The US House of Representatives has approved the State Department’s funding bill for 2022. One of the articles suggests a ban on President Joe Biden from lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2, he said in Twitter Bloomberg Government journalist Jack Fitzpatrick, covering the legislature.
The author of the amendment was made by the representative of the Democratic Party from the state of Ohio, Marcy Captur, this was reported in early July Reuters… 217 congressmen voted for, 212 voted against. The bill will be passed when it is approved by the Senate and signed by the US President.
Earlier, a group of US Republican senators delivered an ultimatum to the administration of US President Joe Biden over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. 12 parliamentarians, led by Pat Toomey, threatened to block appointments to the US Treasury unless the government changes its position on the project and imposes new sanctions. They sent a corresponding threat to the head of the Treasury Janet Yellen.
The document also assumes an increase in financial assistance to Kiev, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington said in Facebook… The total amount of funds that should be directed to the implementation of programs of assistance to Ukraine through the State Department, the US Agency for International Development and related programs will increase by $ 28.5 million and will amount to $ 481.5 million.
plan to provide Ukraine with the United States in 2022
Of these, 10 million will be allocated under the item “International military financing”. As the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said in Twitter, a significant part of the funds will be directed to improving the security and defense capability of the state.
On July 21, the US released the details of the Nord Stream 2 agreement with Germany. Washington will not interfere with the completion of its construction in the territorial waters of Germany, but Berlin will undertake to extend the current contract for the transit of Russian gas through the territory of Ukraine. If Moscow refuses to sign an appropriate agreement with Kiev and uses the facility for political pressure against it, sanctions will be imposed.
The deal has received significant criticism from Ukraine and Western countries. Former President of the country Petro Poroshenko stressed that the situation with the “Nord Stream-2” took a threatening character for the whole of Europe and promised to fight with all his might to stop the project.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Pszidach criticized Nord Stream 2 for threatening the unity of the European Union and undermining security in Central and Eastern Europe. He noted that Warsaw was making attempts to slow down the project and the longer the pipeline will be completed, the better.