02/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/19/2021 20:21
Washington, DC - Today, in a congressionally mandated report on entities engaging in sanctionable activity related to the malign Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, the Biden Administration announced only two sanctions designations. House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul released the following statement in response to today's announcement.
'Simply put, today's sanctions designations are wholly inadequate. Congressional intent is clear and cannot be ignored: the mandatory authorities passed with bipartisan support in the last two NDAAs are meant to stop the completion of the malign Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Period. Sanctioning only the Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna and its owner, KVT-RUS - which were both already sanctioned by the previous Administration under separate authorities - does not meet that intent. Allowing this pipeline to be completed would be nothing short of a victory for Vladimir Putin. Therefore, we expect a briefing from the State Department as soon as possible to discuss when the Biden Administration plans to take further action against additional Russian entities currently engaged in sanctionable activity as is required by law.'