The threats of US senators against the operator of the port of Sassnitz because of Nord Stream 2 are directly directed against the city of the same name and the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this is the height of insolence, the head of the Bundestag Committee on Economics and Energy Klaus Ernst told reporters.
“This letter cannot be surpassed in impudence,” said Ernst, adding that it is a “direct threat to the city of Sassnitz and the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 90% of the ferry port belongs to the city of Sassnitz and 10% to the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania”.
In a letter from three US senators to the port operator Sassnitz GmbH, it is said that the US authorities are preparing sanctions against companies that are involved in supporting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. In particular, the letter states that if the work continues, the port is threatened with “financial destruction”.
“The actions of the three senators show that the federal government’s protests against the US actions had no effect. It is clear that the aforementioned US senators are likely to be encouraged to increase the pressure,” Ernst said.
According to him, “the fact that a state or land is now under direct threat of US sanctions is unbearable.” “I urge the federal government to call the American ambassador. In addition, it is necessary to finally present effective countermeasures and, if necessary, apply them, for example, penalties on American LNG. The Rubicon is clearly crossed,” he added.