US Congress approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

A view of the Bovanenkovo gas field on the Yamal peninsula in the Arctic circle on May 21, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to slap sanctions on companies working on a Russian pipeline, sending to President Donald Trump a bill sure to antagonize European nations counting on receiving the project’s natural gas.

The measure, which easily cleared the House last week, aims to halt further construction of the $10.6 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea and set to double shipments of Russian natural gas to Germany.

US lawmakers have warned that the huge project would send billions of dollars in proceeds to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration and vastly increase Moscow’s political influence in Europe.

European governments had urged Washington not to meddle in its business affairs.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01