German anger over U.S. sanctions against Russian gas pipeline

the UNITED states should not interfere in the Nord Stream 2 and european energy policy, " says German foreign minister. Germany taking a clear distance from

German anger over U.S. sanctions against Russian gas pipeline

the UNITED states should not interfere in the Nord Stream 2 and european energy policy, " says German foreign minister.

Germany taking a clear distance from the american law, that would impose u.s. sanctions against companies working on the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream from 2 to Germany.

It is the interference in a matter that is purely european.

so says Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas.

- the Decisions on the european energy policy be in Europe, he writes on Twitter.

With the support of the US congress on sanctions comes the final decision to lie on the president of Donald Trumps tv. Previously, he has signaled that he will approve the initiative.

- We reject foreign interference and completely in principle, extraterritorial sanctions, writes Maas.

Nord Stream 2 is close to being finished, after Denmark recently has said that the pipeline passes through Danish waters to the southeast of the island of Bornholm. It is a project to 9.5 billion euros (about 64 billion dollars)

the gas Pipeline complementary to the first Nord Stream gas pipeline, which for years has pumped gas from Russia to Germany.

The new law will mean that the UNITED states'department of state within 60 days and report back which companies and persons involved in building the pipeline. Not just for the Nord Stream 2, but also for TurkStream. It is a second gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Turkey.

It is forsvarsudvalgene in the House of Representatives and the Senate, who earlier in the week by a large majority supported to punish companies that contribute to construct the Nord Stream 2.

It came to pass in connection with an agreement on appropriations for the UNITED states'defense.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 12 December 2019, 20:00

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