The expert told about the potential response of Germany "Nord stream — 2"
The response of Germany to possible U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2" is limited, we can talk about the support of private companies affected by the restrictions, but not about the real counter-sanctions, the decision on which can only be taken EU, told RIA Novosti the German political scientist Alexander Rahr.
The German authorities are preparing retaliatory measures if the White house realizes its threat of dopanti against the pipeline "Nord stream 2", reported Bloomberg, citing government sources in Berlin. In an internal document, the German economy Ministry says new US sanctions may affect a substantial number of European companies and banks, and government organizations. In response, the government of Angela Merkel is considering a plan for the coordinated action of the European Union, the Agency said.
"There is an assumption that (in Germany - ed.) will be involved in the law limiting the application of extraterritorial sanctions. He was already involved in the case of Iran, when the government of Germany to protect their companies have used this law. Formally speaking, it provides for the imposition of fines on companies that follow the extraterritorial sanctions. Thus, companies get protection, Recalling that the obligation to focus on the national German legislation in this matter", - explained the expert.
According to him, the obstacle to implementation of this plan may arise from the fact that Poland recently submitted to the European Commission's draft law, under which American sanctions shall be automatically extended to the EU. It demonstrates the "absolute split of Europeans in the question of cooperation with the United States," the expert added.
"The content of this package will know nothing until the last, so as not to Wake the sleeping dog. To speak openly about the response it will, if the President is Donald trump really going to run this rough mechanism for sanctions against the German and European companies. Currently, the bill is lying in the White house, he signed", - he added.
"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.