The German Ministry of Economy regrets the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives. The German Foreign Ministry said that “European energy policy should be determined in Europe, not in the United States.”
The decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to impose sanctions against companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream-2 was met with regret in the German Ministry of Economic Affairs. This is reported by Die Welt on Thursday, December 12.
A spokesman for Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the government is now closely monitoring the behavior of the U.S. Senate, which must approve the House of Representative’s decision.
“Our attitude towards extraterritorial sanctions is clear: we reject them,” Altmaier said.
At the same time, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that “European energy policy should be determined in Europe, not in the United States.”
“We fundamentally reject external interference and sanctions of an extraterritorial nature,” the foreign ministry’s press service quoted him as saying.
Companies building the pipeline have already announced that they will stop their work in the Baltic Sea after the US sanctions come into force, NDR writes.
According to the Nord Stream 2 AG consortium, 2,100 kilometers of double strands have already been laid in the Baltic Sea. About 300 kilometers are missing. Whether they can be completely replaced after the U.S. decision is unclear.
Moscow assured that they would finish the project despite the sanctions.
Earlier, sanctions against Nord Stream-2 were included in the U.S. defense budget. The U.S. will apply sanctions to companies involved in the construction of the Russian gas pipeline. Senators are frustrated by Trump’s inability to thwart construction.