The businessman called on the EU to help with the sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"

European institutions should support companies that may fall under U.S. sanctions because of the "Nord stream 2" may, through the mechanism of the ESM, said at a press conference in Berlin the Executive Director of the Eastern Committee of German economy Michael harms.

"This (compensation due to US sanctions - ed.) can implement only the European institutions, for example, through the ESM," said harms.

He added that he could not give "specific amount", stressing that "it is still necessary to calculate".

The bill on sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" were previously submitted to the Senate of the United States. He proposes to impose sanctions against the insurers of the ships employed on the construction of a gas pipeline. The document was supported by five senators from both parties, including the influential Senator from Texas Ted Cruz.

The Ministry of economy of Germany fear that U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" may relate not only to German and European companies, but the work of government departments, announced last week the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing an internal document of the Ministry.

"Nord stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. States in December imposed sanctions against the project, demanding that the companies doing the strip, to immediately stop the construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline. Russia has repeatedly stated that the project is a commercial and profitable Europe.