Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel have issued a joint statement voicing strong criticism of the US plans to impose new sanctions on Russia.

Kern and Gabriel are convinced that the proposed restrictions run contrary to international law, pose a threat to Europe’s energy security and are bound to hamper efforts to settle the situation in Ukraine. The two politicians also said that this plan was only aimed at forcing the American LNG into the European market and pushing the Russian gas out of it.

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