What can be done to stop the physical embodiment of russia’s hybrid influence campaign against Western cohesion? A US-EU double-play, writes Former European Energy Security Advisor in the US Department of State Benjamin L. Schmitt for hir.harvard.edu.
Congress can enact the targeted sanctions bills already passed on a nearly unanimous basis by both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee to stop the project for the foreseeable future. Passage of the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 will pause the construction of Nord Stream 2 by imposing mandatory sanctions on entities involved in laying deep sea pipe for the construction of Nord Stream.
Congressional action to halt the construction of Nord Stream 2 would allow Europe’s own legal regimes to catch up to the breakneck pace of russia’s development of the project.