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Oct 3, 2021
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US Senator due to the ultimatum on "Nord Stream 2" paralyzed the work of the State Department – NYT

The approval of several dozen candidates, which must be agreed for work in the State Department, has been frozen due to the position of the Republican Ted Cruz.

The New York Times claims that Republican Senator Ted Cruz provoked a “personnel crisis” in the United States. The publication says that by defending his tough position on Nord Stream 2, he thereby blocked the work of the State Department.

Due to the special procedure, which means that any member of the upper house can postpone the consideration of any bill or vote on any issue, the Senate cannot agree on the nomination of diplomats. There is only one reason – Ted Cruz.

By not allowing everything to be agreed upon, he actually disrupts the approval of ambassadors and other appointments of workers.

Cruz insists on tougher sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline and is unhappy that the Biden administration has come to terms with the existence of the project and is loyal to some of the key participants in the project.

However, it is clarified that the representative of Texas also has imitators. For example, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley threatens to block all appointments in the national security apparatus until Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin resign, taking responsibility for the failures of the Afghan campaign finale, the article says.

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