The Austrian energy group OMV calls for a political response to the threat of the US government to extend the sanctions because of the Nord Stream Baltic sea Pipeline 2. The company, which is among the investors for the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, could not give such a response, said OMV CEO Rainer Seele at the time of submission of the half-year balance sheet on Wednesday. "However, we expect, of course, as a European company, that according to the policy, is committed to ensuring that the investment location in Europe is losing attractiveness." It was the question of the extent to which Europe will work for its sovereignty and independence, especially in the energy supply of the continent.
Nord Stream 2 had been stopped at the end of last year abruptly, because the pipe-laying ships set because of the US sanctions of their work on the almost finished Board. The US wants to prevent the project to continue. They justify this with a high dependence of Europe on Russian Gas. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in January that Russia could set the project on its own finished. A Russian pipe-laying ship according to the ship's radar Vesselfinder.com currently in the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen.European Counter-sanctions, demanded: "Must not let us as a vassal state, treat"
In the policy grows increasingly discontent with the actions of the United States: The "world" quoted Carsten Schneider, first Parliamentary Secretary of the SPD group in the Bundestag, with the words: "The US is turning in the TRANS-Atlantic relationship in a dangerous way at the escalation of the screw and the political and economic relations between Germany, Europe and the USA, aware of a growing threat."
The faction, the managing Director called on the Federal government to use its European Council presidency, to increase "the sanction of resilience in Europe," quickly: "Germany and Europe, as the world's largest single market, can not be like a vassal state deal." Schneider called for "intelligent counter-measures, which then must do U.S. exporters hurt". European companies are threatened by the sanctions, had to be helped also.
the trigger for the escalation are reports that in the USA the pressure on German and European companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream Baltic sea Pipeline 2, want to increase. US representative, would have resulted in the past few days via video conference calls with contractors of the project to remind you of "the far-reaching consequences of further cooperation in the project", told the "world on Sunday".USA is planning to completion of Nord Stream 2
to prevent This, the company representatives had seen up to twelve representatives of the U.S. government. This would have made "in a friendly tone very clearly that they want to prevent the completion of the Pipeline," the newspaper quoted an observer of the talks: "I believe that the threat is very, very seriously."
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced last week, the controversial Baltic sea Pipeline, which should transport Gas from Russia to Germany, the case henceforth, under a law, the punitive measures against companies, the transactions with Russia, or countries such as Iran and North Korea.
The Federal government subsequently declared that they reject the extra-territorial sanctions, because these "peoples were unlawful". The German economy condemned the threats as "unfathomable low point in transatlantic relations".
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