“Austria categorically rejects the US plans to impose extraterritorial sanctions to prevent the construction of “Nord stream-2.” We rely on direct dialogue between partners, not on unilateral measures,” the statement of the Austrian foreign Ministry Free News reports.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the US had published recommendations under the law on sanctions against Russia, including the document “Nord stream-2” and the second string of “Turkish stream.” A representative of the German Cabinet said that after this, the position of the German government to the project has not changed.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Berlin would not change its position on “Nord stream-2” and would like to restore strategic relations between the European Union and Russia.
In turn, the Kremlin said that Pompeo’s threats of new sanctions against “Nord stream-2” are an attempt at an unfair competition and exerting rough pressure on business in Europe.
It is worth noting that Washington is not currently going to impose sanctions against companies that are building “Nord stream-2” and the second branch of the “Turkish stream.” The US State Department explained that it would impose these sanctions if it deems it appropriate.