German Foreign Ministry reminds the US of European energy sovereignty

12.01.2019, Berlin.

Washington should stop putting pressure on Brussels regarding a consolidated decision on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during a speech at a meeting of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, the Rossa Primavera News Agency reports on January 11.

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is an important part of European energy security, stressed the head of the German Foreign Ministry. At the same time, Maas declared his willingness to negotiate with opponents of the project from a number of Eastern European countries in order to reach a compromise.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s earlier pledge to impose unilateral sanctions on the pipeline project is meaningless, stated the diplomat addressing Washington. Sanctions are appropriate in cases when their object can actually resolve the reasons which caused them, explained Maas. Washington no longer satisfies this condition regarding the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and anti-Russian sanctions in general.

On January 9, it was reported that the US plans to impose new sanctions on companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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