The German Cabinet is waiting for the final decision of the US Congress on sanctions against “Nord stream-2.” The attitude to extraterritorial sanctions remains unchanged, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a briefing in Berlin.
“We respond that our known position on this type of sanctions remains unchanged, and otherwise, we are waiting for exactly what decision Congress will make,” Seibert said.
“Nord stream-2” involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. The States in December imposed sanctions against the project, requiring the companies leading the laying to stop construction immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline. Russia has repeatedly stated that the project is commercial and profitable for Europe.
Earlier, congressmen of the Republican and Democratic parties introduced a bill to the House of Representatives to strengthen sanctions against the “Nord stream- 2” gas pipeline project, said a member of the House of Representatives from Republicans Adam Kinzinger.
German authorities are preparing retaliatory measures if the White House implements its threat of additional sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing government sources in Berlin. An internal document from the German Economy Ministry says that the new us sanctions could affect a significant number of European companies and banks, as well as government organizations. In response, the government of Angela Merkel is considering a plan for coordinated EU action, the Agency said.