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Senator Barrasso proposes new sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced legislation to give North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members an escape from Russia’s political coercion and manipulation.

The Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act, or the “ESCAPE Act,” (S. 1830) enhances the energy security of NATO members by providing those countries with reliable and dependable American energy.

It also mandates sanctions on the Nord Stream II pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, along with other Russian energy export pipelines.

“President Trump was right when he recently said that Germany will be held hostage by Russia if they move forward with Russia’s Nord Stream II gas pipeline,” said Barrasso.

“We already know Russian President Vladimir Putin has a history of using Russia’s natural gas to extort and threaten our allies.

“The ESCAPE Act will take away this geopolitical weapon by sanctioning the Nord Stream II pipeline and expanding American natural gas exports.

“In the United States—especially in Wyoming—we’re blessed with an abundance of natural gas.

“It only makes sense that we would use these resources to help our allies and loosen Putin’s economic and political grip on the region.”

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), David Perdue (R-GA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) are original cosponsors of the ESCAPE Act.


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