The German Ministry of Economy regrets the decision of the US 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 on companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 was met with regret in the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Germany. This was reported by Die Welt on Thursday, December 12.
Spokesman for the Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier said that the government is now closely monitoring the behavior of the U.S. Senate, which should approve the decision of the House of Representatives.
“Our attitude to extraterritorial sanctions is clear: we reject them”, – said Altmayer.
At the same time, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that “the European energy policy should be determined in Europe, not in the United States.
“We fundamentally reject external interference and extraterritorial sanctions”, – the Foreign Ministry press service quoted him as saying.
The companies building the pipeline have already announced that they will stop their work in the Baltic Sea after the entry into force of the U.S. sanctions, writes NDR.
According to the Nord Stream 2 AG consortium, 2100 kilometers of double threads have already been laid in the Baltic Sea. Approximately 300 kilometers are missing. It is not clear whether they can be completely replaced after the US decision.
In Moscow said that they would complete the project despite the sanctions.
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