The analyst called upon to answer the threat of the U.S. against the "Nord stream – 2"
Political Europe's response to U.S. sanctions against the project "Nord stream 2", told RIA Novosti the German political scientist Alexander Rahr.
Previously, the need "political response" to the threat of Washington sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline "Nord stream – 2", said in Vienna head of Austrian oil and gas Corporation OMV Rainer Seele, it was quoted by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
"The political response in Europe is possible and should appear. If it does not appear that Germany and Europe will sign that they fully agree with the doctrine of the (President Donald) trump that "America first" that all NATO States have no objection to promote the interests of Americans," said Rahr.
He added that US sanctions against the German and European participants of the project "Northern stream – 2" is "political and not economic in nature, aimed at isolating Germany."
"German politicians are facing a fundamental historical solution. They must meet the Americans and to say that things are not done, make counter-sanctions, for example, the ban on the entry of American politicians to participate in the Munich security conference. It would be painful for US. But it requires courage, political will and attract support in Europe", - says the analyst.
"There are many calls for political response on the part of the economy, but there are no clear statements about counter-sanctions from politicians. The impression that politicians do not quite understand what they should do. Americans can easily divide Europe on this issue, the Germans may not be able to find enough allies to counter the introduction of political sanctions against the United States" - adding it.
The project "Northern stream – 2" involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the coast of the Russian Federation through the Baltic sea to Germany. It implements the Nord Stream – 2 AG with the sole shareholder - "Gazprom". European partners - Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall in total the project is financed by 50% that is worth up to EUR 950 million each.
Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, and Ukraine, fearing to lose the transit. States in December imposed sanctions against the "Nord stream – 2", demanding that the companies immediately stop the construction of a gas pipeline. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of such works. Russia has repeatedly pointed out that the project is a commercial and profitable Europe.