Biden tries to block Nord Stream 2 through executive order

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    • #441271
      jbnw
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      A pipeline in Russia is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.”

      From https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/08/20/letter-to-the-speaker-of-the-house-of-representatives-and-the-president-of-the-senate-on-blocking-property-with-respect-to-certain-russian-energy-export-pipelines/ :

      Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate on Blocking Property with Respect to Certain Russian Energy Export Pipelines
      AUGUST 20, 2021

      PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS
      Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:)

      Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order in order to take additional steps regarding certain Russian energy export pipelines to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 14024 of April 15, 2021, with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.

      The order responds to certain Russian energy pipeline projects intended to expand Russia’s influence over Europe’s energy resources that would weaken European energy security — including that of Ukraine and Eastern flank NATO and EU countries — and thereby threatens the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. The order blocks the property and interests in property of foreign persons identified by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, in a report to the Congress pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 (Title LXXV, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Public Law 116-92), as amended by section 1242 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283) (PEESA), for engaging in certain activities or providing certain services to facilitate construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, among others. I have determined that it is necessary to block the property and interests in property of such persons unless a national interest waiver under section 7503(f) of PEESA has been issued for such persons.

      I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the authority, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA and PEESA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the order. All executive departments and agencies are directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of the order.

      I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

      Sincerely,

      JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

      Executive order: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/08/20/executive-order-on-blocking-property-with-respect-to-certain-russian-energy-export-pipelines/

    • #441274
      RCW2020
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      The White House made the announcement as German Chancellor Angela Merkel was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Nord Stream 2, which is expected to double the volume of Russia’s gas exports to Germany, was one of the items on their agenda.

      The new sanctions apply to the Russian companies Nobility and Constanta, an insurer involved in the pipeline project, as well as to the supply ship Ostap Sheremeta, Bloomberg reported, citing State Department sources. The waiver reference suggests they will not apply to the Nord Stream 2 corporation and its German chief executive; Biden made the exemption for them in May, explaining that the pipeline was almost complete and futile efforts to block it weren’t worth endangering the alliance with Berlin.

      This means the sanctions will be largely symbolic, as the pipeline is expected to be complete within a week or less. Once operational, it will allow Russia to significantly increase the amount of natural gas it can deliver to Germany directly, without depending on Ukraine or Poland for transit.

      Link to source…

      • #441275
        jbnw
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        from the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle.

        Thank you, @rcw2020 .

      • #442283
        Stockholmer
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        U.S. imposes Nord Stream 2 sanctions; opponents say they won’t halt project

        https://www.reuters.com/world/us-issues-nord-stream-2-related-sanctions-russians-blinken-2021-08-20/

        WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Friday slapped sanctions on a Russian ship and two companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but opponents of the nearly completed project said the measures would not stop it. The sanctions were imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, ship owner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden separately issued an executive order allowing for sanctions to be imposed on certain Russian pipelines. But opponents of the $11 billion project to bring Arctic Russian gas under the Baltic Sea to Germany said the pipeline would likely be completed despite the sanctions.

        “These sanctions do nothing to halt Nord Stream 2,” said Daniel Vajdich, president of Yorktown Solutions, which advises the Ukrainian energy industry on the matter. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the administration has now sanctioned seven entities and identified 16 of their vessels as blocked property under sanctions laws passed by Congress. Biden has opposed the pipeline, like the previous two U.S. presidents, because it would bypass Ukraine, putting at risk lucrative gas transit fees and potentially undermining its struggle against Russian aggression.

        But in May the U.S. State Department waived two sanctions that opponents say would have stopped the project. The measures were on Nord Stream 2 AG, the company behind the project, and its chief executive, Matthias Warning, a Putin ally. “The only thing that can stop NS2 from becoming operational is lifting the waivers and sanctioning … Nord Stream AG, which they refuse to do,” Vajdich said. Biden has sought to repair U.S. relations with Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, as he needs the ally’s help on everything from the economy to relations with China and Iran. Last month the United States and Germany unveiled an agreement under which Berlin pledged to impose costs on Russia should it use energy as a weapon against Ukraine and other central European countries. The pact did not detail specific Russian actions that would trigger such a move.

        Nord Stream 2, led by Russian state energy company Gazprom and its Western partners, is almost complete with only 9 miles (15 km) left to construct, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. ClearView Energy Partners, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group, estimated it could be completed by Sept. 3. Under the July agreement, Germany will use “all available leverage” to extend by 10 years the Russia-Ukraine gas transit agreement that expires in 2024. Germany will also contribute at least $175 million to a new $1 billion “Green Fund for Ukraine” aimed at improving the country’s energy independence. Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s senior adviser for energy security appointed earlier this month, will focus on measures to “reduce the risks posed by” Nord Stream 2, the report to Congress said.

    • #441277
      Passionate Progressive
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      Duran (Mercouris/Christoforo) coverage of the Biden Administration’s foreign policy and the reaction(s) from abroad through the exit from debacle in Afghanistan, this will merely add insult to injury and confirm the obvious.

      To illustrate the Russian-German dimension of this success story (and by default) the futility of what Biden is doing now, we have this Russian-German presser.

       

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #441278
      alcina
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      It’s just a matter of time before Biden is caught outside the White House in his bathrobe screaming for Putin to get off his lawn.

      "The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania

    • #441286
      NV Wino
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      He thinks he’s king of the world?

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

      • #442322
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Harris went to Singapore and insulted the Chinese, when Singapore is mostly ethnic Chinese. Arrogance and stupidity, for the world’s convenience all in one package.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #441385
      Scott Crowder
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      Matter to them?
      They just want to protect tbeir interests, not ours.

    • #441406
      djean111
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      This is just campaign shit.  At best.  On the assumption that mad ravings  do not go out unapproved or unchecked.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #441408
      Hobbit709
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      that an executive order has ANY validity in other countries?

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

      • #441945
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        After all, the president of the United States is the ruler of the world, because we are the world’s police.

        But back to reality, we need some competent, sane, mentally healthy leaders for a change. This country has been going down hill ever since we let a bunch of Nazi’s in after WWII and dragging the rest of the world down after us.

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
        If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
        The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
        Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

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