The US Congress has begun moving sanctions legislation that would target construction of Russian pipelines, while analysts believe the upcoming meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could trigger more. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now The House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approved Wednesday the Protecting European Energy Security Act, HR 3206, a bill which would impose sanctions on anyone who sells, leases, or provides pipe-laying vessels used in the construction of an Russian-origin energy pipeline that makes landfall in Germany or Turkey. The sanctions are specifically aimed at Russia’s Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream pipelines. “By targeting the pipe-laying ships we would stop the work in its tracks, but not allow for unintended consequences of our allies in Europe,” Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican-Illinois, said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. Kinzinger is the sponsor of the bill, […]