U.S. defense bill includes sanctions against Turkey and Nord Stream 2
Nord Stream 2 construction resumes despite new US sanctions | DW News
The document is expected to be adopted despite threats of a veto from the president
Annual U.S. $ 740 Billion Defense Bill Includes Sanctions Against Turkey For Purchasing A Russian-Made Missile System And Against The Project «Nord Stream 2».
The bill, which has been agreed by the military committees in both houses, could be put to a vote in the House of Representatives and Senate as early as next week..
The document is expected to be adopted despite threats of a veto from President Donald Trump, who demanded that the initiative include a clause to repeal a law that protects technology companies from liability for most user-generated content..
Trump also opposes provisions to rename military bases named after Confederate generals.
According to a description of the bill released on Thursday, it provides for «mandatory sanctions against Turkey for its acquisition of the S-400 air defense system», and «expands sanctions related to the construction of the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream 2”».
The State Department had previously said it was considering imposing sanctions against Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, but lawmakers got tired of waiting and decided to use the defense bill for this purpose..
Negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate also agreed on sanctions against insurance and certification companies involved in the project. «Nord Stream 2».
Previously imposed sanctions led to the suspension of the construction of a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, which was to be completed in December 2019..
The bill also states that the number of American troops in Germany should not be reduced to below 34,500 until a certain point in 2021..
The clause appears to be designed to prevent President Trump from withdrawing troops before he leaves office in January..