January 29, 2022

Rand Paul speaks out about Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul defied his own party’s attacks on the Russian Nord Stream 2 sanctions, arguing the move is largely financial rather than based on national security.

“Opponents of the pipeline, not surprisingly, are largely from states that compete in the sale of natural gas,” Paul wrote in an editorial published by The American Conservative on Monday.

“Acknowledging that this debate is only superficially about national security and really more about provincial protectionism helps us better understand the dynamics.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in May that the U.S. would waive sanctions regarding the Nord Stream 2 project.

Several Republican leaders, particularly Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have blasted the pipeline, saying it gives Putin an advantage while President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S.

The controversy may become important as the nation’s gas prices continue to be an issue ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

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