Senator Robert Menendez (DN.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday, during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”, expressed optimism that some sanctions could be approved before any Russian invasion of Ukraine. Late. James E. Risch (Idaho), the committee’s top Republican, said the two parties hit a tight spot over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany when activated, and is one of the more controversial. sanction case, but he indicated that the differences were affordable.