Germany urged to respond to U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"
Attempt by Berlin to negotiate with the United States on the "Nord stream — 2" through diplomacy, without the imposition of counter-sanctions leads to surrender of sovereignty to Germany and Europe, told RIA Novosti the official representative of the "Alternative for Germany" in the Bundestag on energy Steffen Cotterêts.
"I am, despite all, was confident that the project will be completed - Russia has always found ways to cope with difficulties. The question is how broad is the support of the German government and the EU. I see problems here. The government and the Chancellor reiterated that they do not want to take counter measures that they want to stay in the negotiations. I believe that a surrender of sovereignty, to immediately begin to threaten counter-measures, for example, refuse to purchase U.S. LNG, the introduction of customs duties and various sanctions. You might think about to take sanctions against the initiators (US sanctions)," said KOTRA.
A number of experts and politicians in Germany, has previously stated RIA Novosti that the sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2" is a violation of European sovereignty and international law, since the construction of the pipeline is conducted in full compliance with all legal procedures of the EU. The necessity of a "political response" to the threat of Washington sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the pipeline "Nord stream — 2", said earlier in Vienna head of Austrian oil and gas Corporation OMV Rainer Seele.
Earlier the Deputy of the official representative of the government of Germany Ulrike Demmer said at a briefing, answering a question of RIA Novosti, consider whether Berlin direct warning from Washington to address German and European participants of the project "Northern stream — 2" pressure and interference in internal Affairs that the Cabinet does not give "the evaluation of individual negotiations", the position on the extraterritorial sanctions of the government remains consistently negative. The representative of the German foreign Ministry Christopher Burger earlier told reporters that you are using "all available diplomatic channels for discussions with the American side".
According to KOTRA, the situation around the "North stream — 2" "bears the elements of economic warfare, and the response must be tough, because the Americans only respond to the stiffness". The diplomatic negotiations, which puts the official Berlin leads to failure, she's "never been successful" against the United States, said the parliamentarian.
"The Chancellor supported the Ukraine as that USA wanted, went to meet the Americans. But it didn't help. They continue to impose conditions. I don't see any success of the Federal government, achieved through negotiations, diplomacy. So it won't work. Even the former Chancellor (Gerhard) Schroeder confirmed that it won't work. Without counter-sanctions will not do, this should now be the government and implement if necessary," - said the Deputy.
"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.