Germany allowed the introduction of penalties on American gas

Germany may impose penalties on American gas if Washington does not stop exerting pressure on Nord Stream 2, Klaus Ernst, head of the Bundestag energy committee, told the reporters.

Germany allowed the introduction of penalties on American gas

“The US behavior in this matter should no longer be understood as a friendly act, it is an encroachment on the sovereignty of Germany and the EU”, – the policy says in a written response to a request from the reporters.

The agency asked Ernst to comment on the sanctions bill against the pipeline under construction. The document was submitted to the Senate some time ago, its authors proposed to introduce restrictions on insurance companies serving ships that work on the construction of the Nord Stream 2.

A spokeswoman for the German Ministry of Economics said earlier on Friday that Berlin is closely monitoring US actions on this issue and categorically rejects the idea of ​​extraterritorial sanctions.

Sanctions against Nord Stream 2

At the end of last year, the United States adopted a defense budget. It included restrictions against companies participating in the implementation of Nord Stream 2. Swiss Allseas, engaged in the laying of the gas pipeline, stopped work.

The Minister of Energy of Russia Alexander Novak in December 2019 announced that the use of the Akademik Chersky pipe layer is one of the options for completing the project, but it will take some time for additional preparation of the vessel.


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