On Saturday, US Congress released the text of the draft law targeting Russia and Iran. The bill provides for counteracting the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as it threatens the energy security of Ukraine and the European Union, proposing to export US energy to ensure the energy security of US allies.
According to an internal note prepared for the EU Commissioners, seen and cited by the Politico media outlet, the EU Commission head is especially concerned over the fact that the energy-related restrictive measures might be used against European companies involved in the development or operation of energy export pipelines in Russia or to Europe. The note stressed that the impact of the new sanctions package "would, in reality, be much wider."
The vote on the new US draft bill is scheduled for Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has already stated that Russia assessed the new draft law extremely negatively.