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Friday, March 16, 2018

Austria and Germany called the new anti-Russian sanctions of the US threat to Europe’s energy security

Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern, and the foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel harshly criticized the draft of new US sanctions against fuel and energy complex of Russia. Washington does not hide that is trying in this way to oust Russian gas from the European market, said policy.

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Chancellor Of Austria, Christian Kern.

Vienna and Berlin issued a joint statement which condemned the US Congress plans to introduce new restrictive measures against Russia. The document was published on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany, reports TASS.

Austrian Chancellor and foreign Minister of Germany noted that these sanctions are contrary to international law. In addition, they are harmful to the settlement of the situation in Ukraine and threatened the energy security of European countries.

Politicians expressed confidence that the sole purpose of economic constraints is to try to push on the European market for American liquefied natural gas, removing with him to Russia as the main competitor.

Kern and Gabriel, who were representatives of social-democratic parties of their countries, believe that the political sanctions instruments should not be linked with economic interests. According to them, Americans have no right to threaten fines to European companies that are involved in joint gas projects such as “Nord stream – 2”, or Finance them.

“Europe’s energy supply – the case of Europe, not the US. Who we deliver energy and how we decide in accordance with the principles of openness and market competition”, – emphasized politics.

On the eve of the majority of members of the U.S. Senate has approved a bill that includes the extension of sanctions against Russia. In particular, under the restrictions can get those who are going invest in the construction of Russian export pipelines or provide project services and technologies. First it may impair the project of the Russian export pipeline in the EU “Nord stream – 2”.

Read the story: U.S. sanctions: Washington forbade Europe to buy Russian gas

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