Germany lashed out at Washington sanctions against Russia

Vastavam web: Germany today lashed out at Washington over new sanctions against Russia that target the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.The new penalties, approved by the US Senate yesterday, include a paragraph that threatens to penalise European companies that push ahead with energy export program with Russia.It is strange that in the sanctioning of Russia’s behavior, with regards to the US elections for instance, that the European economy should become a target of American sanctions. That must not happen,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert.
He added that Merkel shared the concerns raised by Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern who charged in a joint statement yesterday that the measure brings a “completely new and entirely negative quality to European-US relations”.They accused Washington of using the sanctions to squeeze Russian gas supplies out of Europe in favour of US energy exports.”The aim is to secure jobs in gas and oil industries in the US,” said Gabriel and Kern.”Political sanctions should not be mixed up with economic interests,” they warned, stressing that “Europe’s energy supply is Europe’s business and not that of the United States”.”We decide who delivers energy to us and how, according to rules of openness and economic competitiveness,” said Gabriel and Kern.