The US leadership warned the German authorities that it would limit the exchange of intelligence with Berlin if it allowed Huawei Technologies or other Chinese companies to participate in the creation of infrastructure for the mobile Internet 5G in the country. A letter of warning was sent by the US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to German Minister of economy Peter Altmaier.
Commenting on the letter sent to the German authorities, one of the senior representatives of the US state Department told the WSJ that the US will continue to exchange intelligence with Germany, even if it will use Huawei equipment, but the volume of this cooperation will be not so significant, and the degree of openness will be lower. “The American side will believe that everything we share with Germany, will be in the hands of the Chinese,”— said the representative of the state Department.
The US administration refused to tell the WSJ whether it had received similar letters the governments of other countries with which the US exchanged intelligence. Meanwhile, the US, which has been insisting for almost a year that its allies for security reasons do not allow Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies to participate in important infrastructure projects, for the first time so clearly warned about the possible consequences of ties with Chinese technology companies.