Biden administration designates Russian ship as helping to build Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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Biden administration designates Russian ship as helping to build Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The Biden administration on Friday identified a Russian ship and a company it believes are helping to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the entities had already been sanctioned by the Trump administration and the project’s opponents in Congress said the move would do little to halt work on it.

The State Department said in a report to Congress that the Russian ship, the Fortuna, and its owner, KVT-RUS, had been designated, a process that starts new sanctions, two lawmakers said.

Both entities had been sanctioned by former President Donald Trump on his last full day in office last month for helping to build the natural gas pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe via Germany.”

Simply put, today’s sanctions designations are wholly inadequate,” Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “Allowing this pipeline to be completed would be nothing short of a victory” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said.

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