In Germany waiting for the US decision on sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"

The Cabinet of Germany await the final decision of the U.S. Congress on sanctions against the "Nord stream 2", the relation to extraterritorial sanctions remains unchanged, said at a briefing in Berlin the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.

"Our response is that our position known to these kind of sanctions remains unchanged, and the rest we expect, what decision will be made by Congress," said Seibert.

"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.

Earlier congressmen of the Republican and Democratic parties introduced to the house of representatives a bill to strengthen sanctions against the project of the pipeline "Nord stream 2", said a member of the house of representatives from Republicans Adam Kinzinger.

The German authorities are preparing retaliatory measures if the White house realizes its threat of additional sanctions 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.