Schroeder urged to fight U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"
U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2" undermine the transnational partnership, it is necessary to use a parliamentary debate to pull out a "particularly poisonous teeth" of a new sanctions bill, said the ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder.
According to him, these sanctions are affecting the transatlantic partnership, and thus Washington should be pointed out that "to go so Europe is not in the interests of security" for the United States.
Schroeder said that Washington is not taking the first attempt at intervention in the energy policy of Germany, authorities in Berlin rejected a permanent extraterritorial sanctions. Schroeder stressed that in the case of "Nord stream — 2" it is not about Russian, and about the European project, which employed a total of more than 120 companies, the amount of implemented investments amounted to 12 billion euros. In this context, U.S. sanctions "must be rejected as in our and in European interests," he said.
According to him, the argument that "Nord stream — 2" threatens Europe's energy security, is wrong, and the intention of the US to stop the project is "just the beginning of a comprehensive politicization of trade relations" pursued by Washington. He added that "Nord stream — 2" was and remains an economic project.
Ex-Chancellor also noted that sanctions against a NATO ally at a time of economic downturn is nothing like the conscious dissolution of the transatlantic partnership, the attack on the European economy, an unacceptable assault on the sovereignty of the EU and energy security of Western Europe.
"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 U.S. house of representatives a bill to strengthen sanctions against the draft, said a member of the house of representatives from Republicans Adam Kinzinger. In addition, at the beginning of June to the U.S. Senate was introduced another bill against the "Nord stream — 2". He suggests sanctions to insurers of vessels working on construction of a gas pipeline.
The German authorities are preparing retaliatory measures if the White house realizes its threat of additional sanctions against the "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.