The EC Does Not Comment On The Preparation Of Response Measures To US Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2
The European Commission (EC) has not yet commented on the preparation of retaliatory measures in the European Union on the initiative of Germany in case of expanding US sanctions against European companies associated with the Nord Stream 2 project, according to EC official representative Eric Mamer at a briefing in Brussels.
"We can't comment on this information yet. We can't say anything about what we are doing or discussing, because in this case, it will be confirmation that such work is underway. I regret this," he said.
On Thursday, Bloomberg, citing informed sources in Berlin, reported that the German government is preparing measures in case the United States actually implements its threats to expand sanctions against the Nord stream-2 project. According to him, obtained from two German officials, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering developing a coordinated EU action if the United States accepts new sanctions against the project.
The German Economy Ministry in one of its documents indicates that the expansion of restrictive measures by the United States threatens to affect a significant number of German and European companies, banks, as well as civil services, in one way or another associated with the pipeline project, the Agency writes.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic sea to Germany. By now, Nord stream 2 is 93% complete. The halt in the project was due to the fact that at the end of December 2019, due to US sanctions, the Swiss company Allseas stopped work on the construction of the gas pipeline and withdrew its vessels.
On June 4, Republicans submitted a bill to the US Senate to expand sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. As noted by the press service of one of the authors of the initiative, the document "clarifies and expands the sanctions under the law on ensuring energy security in Europe" and is aimed "at blocking the completion of the construction of the gas pipeline." The next day, the head of the Bundestag (German Parliament) Committee on economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, told TASS that Germany and the EU should think through responses to the US plans to expand sanctions against Nord Stream 2.