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Maas responded to US threats to the "Nord stream — 2"

USA neglect law and the sovereignty of Europe, threatening sanctions against the project "Nord stream 2", Germany considers it necessary to develop a common approach to sanctions policy against Russia, Washington's actions is complicated, said the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas.

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the state Department published recommendations in the framework of the law on counteraction to Russia through sanctions, including the document "Nord stream 2" and second thread "Turkish stream." These actions put at risk the us sanctions on investments and other actions associated with the Russian export gas pipelines.

"His statement about the measures, which also threaten European companies with sanctions, the US government disregards the law and the sovereignty of Europe themselves to decide how and where we get energy. European energy policy is formed in Europe, not in Washington. We reject extraterritorial sanctions," - said in a statement the foreign Ministry the statement of the Meuse.

He added that the German government in recent weeks has held numerous negotiations with the US authorities in anticipation of the tighter PEESA (Act on the protection of European energy security).

"We clearly identified our position. We consider it wrong to defend myself with the sanctions in a circle of partners. What we need is a common transatlantic approach to sanctions against Russia. These efforts are complicated by today's verse of the USA," added Maas.