Klaus Ernst: The United States Is Ignoring Its Allies, Trying To Stop The Nord Stream 2
Klaus Ernst, the head of the Bundestag's economic and energy Committee, also views the US sanctions "as a direct attack on German and European sovereignty."
"The dispute over Nord stream 2 shows that representatives of American politics are trying to promote their interests by political means without regard for their allies," said the MP from the Left Party.
The politician is not sure that Germany will be able to resolve disputes with Washington during the presidency of the EU Council, which began on July 1. "The time period is too short," he said.
On June 17, the Committee on Economics called on the German government to consider a response to US sanctions against Nord Stream 2. When asked if there was any progress, in this case, Ernst said: "There is progress in the sense that thanks to our activity, the European Commission has woken up and is thinking about retaliatory measures."
In mid-July, Ernst sent a letter to the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, calling on them to abandon measures against the pipeline project. According to him, he still hasn't received a response.
Violation of EU sovereignty
Us sanctions pressure on the participants of the Nord Stream 2 project violates the sovereignty of Europe and, in particular, Germany, Ernst stressed.
"I am still amazed by the actions of the US government. I regard this as a direct attack on German and European sovereignty," he said.
"The German government strongly condemns threats from the United States, but officially I do not know anything from the Cabinet of Ministers about specific response measures," the MP from the Left party added. "In any case, more and more politicians representing the Federal government are in favor of a tougher approach."
As previously reported by the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, representatives of the American authorities have already held talks with German and European companies that are involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, they told the contractors about possible sanctions for participating in the construction. The article says that several video conferences were held, and representatives of the state Department, the ministries of Finance and energy took part in them from the American side. It is not specified which of the contractors were negotiated with.
At the end of June, Bloomberg, citing sources in Berlin, reported that the German government is preparing measures in case the US really implements its threats to expand sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project. According to the Agency, obtained from two German officials, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering developing coordinated EU actions if the United States accepts new sanctions against the project.