Germany may impose sanctions against the United States if they do not stop pressure on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Bundestag said.
According to a number of left-wing deputies, the American authorities encroach on the sovereignty of Germany, running into retaliatory measures.
This is not the first time statements about counter-sanctions over the pipeline have been heard in Berlin.
Extraterritorial US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are unacceptable. This newspaper “Izvestia” said the deputies of the German Bundestag.
Germany is ready to develop a response if Washington does not stop pursuing the project and the companies involved in it, among which there are German companies. We will remind, earlier it became known that the United States is ready to impose sanctions on insurance companies working with Russian pipe-laying vessels completing the project.
Klaus Ernst, a deputy from the Left Party, told the newspaper that Germany needs to protect itself from attacks on its sovereignty.
The representative of the Social Democrats, Timon Gremmels, in turn, expressed the opinion that the ban on servicing the gas pipeline, discussed by the US authorities, points to the opinion in Washington about Russia’s ability to complete the project on its own.
A few days earlier, Ernst, the head of the Bundestag committee on energy, announced possible penalties for US natural gas if the US does not give up pressure.
“US behavior in this matter should no longer be understood as a friendly act,” the parliamentarian said.
At the same time, the German Ministry of Energy stated that they “reject” extraterritorial sanctions against SP-2.
Steffen Kotre, a member of the Alternative for Germany faction in the Bundestag, also called for sanctions to respond to Washington’s pressure. “We are dealing with elements of the economic war being waged by the United States, which are trying in an unscrupulous way to promote its own energy industry in the market. It is irresponsible for the German government to allow this, ”he said.
At the end of 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on the construction of Nord Stream 2. The US authorities demanded to immediately suspend work and withdraw vessels, including those belonging to European companies, which helped in laying the pipeline.
Literally immediately after the warning of the American authorities, the Swiss company Allseas refused to participate in the construction of SP-2 and withdrew all its vessels. As a result, the pipeline, already built at 93.5%, is still unfinished, without 160 km of the site. Then the Russian side decided to use its technical capabilities, noting that the project will be implemented, but with some delays.
“We are confident that, despite the pressure exerted by the United States, the construction of the gas pipeline will be successfully completed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
At the same time, Bloomberg, citing sources in the US administration, said that Washington “recognized the impossibility of hindering the construction of SP-2.” The United States has “no leverage” on the situation with the gas pipeline through the Baltic.
In December 2018, about four dozen US senators announced their intention to introduce a resolution against Nord Stream 2, requiring action against the “Russian aggression” in the Baltic Sea. According to the text of the resolution, it is necessary to curtail the project of the Russian gas pipeline, since it poses a threat to the energy security of Europe. ”
Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the attempts to hinder the construction of the pipeline by hook or by crook “camouflage of unfair competition”. Moscow has repeatedly emphasized –
Nord Stream 2 is a purely economic project, and all attempts to give it a political coloring are the machinations of competitors interested in the European market.
Germany, as the US ally in NATO and Washington’s important economic partner, does not intend to abandon the gas pipeline from Russia that is advantageous for itself. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, at the end of last May rejected the invitation of White House head Donald Trump to attend the G7 summit, which the US president seeks to symbolize a return to normal after the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic.
According to a senior American official, the leaders of the two countries did not agree on a number of fundamental international issues, including the export of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe along the Baltic Sea.
Officials aware of the transatlantic discussions said Trump was furious over Merkel’s reluctance to attend the summit.