The US Congress may adopt new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 project, Interfax reported. On Tuesday, the Senate, the upper house of Congress, decided to include relevant items in the country’s defense budget.

The architects of the proposal were Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Cotton, Ron Johnson and John Barrasso. They said that the inclusion of sanctions in the defense budget would contribute to the “national security” of the United States.

“I’m proud to be the co-author of the sanctions aimed at ending its construction, and applaud the Senate for including this priority position in the draft defense budget,” said Republican Party Congressman Steve Womack. He said that Moscow wants to use the gas pipeline as a “coercive tool” to strengthen Ukraine’s and Poland’s dependence on Russian gas.

According to the procedure, the upper and lower houses of the US Congress present their versions of the draft defense budget, which are then combined by a special commission into one. Congress votes on the final version and, if adopted, it is sent for signature to the president.

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