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William Burns served as the Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • William Burns' confirmation was previously halted by GOP Senator Ted Cruz
  • The halt was lifted after Biden's administration showed response on the Nord Stream 2 project
  • He currently heads Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Pipe laying vessels working in the Baltic Sea for the Nord Stream 2 project (Photo Credit: Twitter @NordStream2)

  • US State Department named 18 companies which will not be considered for sanctions
  • KVT-Rus, a company which continues to help with the project, can be sanctioned by the US
  • Republican lawmakers have been criticising Biden for not having a tough policy for Russia