Democrats Defeat GOP Sanctions On Russian Gas Pipeline

FILE - A Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 2010. Germany’s new government has found itself facing a mountain of problems in relation to Russia since taking office last month. Germany’s foreign minister made a flying visit to Washington on Wednesday to highlight the common stance between her government and the United States on Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

(AP) — Senate Democrats have defeated a bill by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would have slammed sanctions on a Russian natural-gas pipeline to Germany. Democrats denounced it as a Republican political gesture that would have harmed relations with Europe at a time when the allies are trying to show a united front against Russia. The vote was 55-44, short of the 60 it needed to pass. Republicans argued the sanctions would show U.S. resolve in defense of Ukraine. Democrats back a rival bill that would impose penalties on Russia if it invades Ukraine.


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