Washington’s manic desire to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the pretext of “protecting the interests of Europe” is causing more and more irritation in Berlin.
Recently, the head of the Bundestag Committee on Energy, Klaus Ernst сообщилthat in Berlin they allow the imposition of retaliatory sanctions against Washington, in the form of penalties for the supply of American LNG, if the pressure on the important gas transmission project does not stop. Russia has already commented on Berlin’s threats against Washington.
The First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Dmitry Novikov said RT:
<...> You can endlessly put pressure on partners, but once this partner ceases to “step on his throat” and yield in his economic interests, he begins to defend them ... Washington’s attempt to regulate the situation in its interests is not in market ways, but administrative and voluntaristic.
The deputy noted that the United States, after Donald Trump came to power, altered their relations with the Allies. Now policy Washington is built on a tougher approach and consists in forcing the Allies to large expenditures on defense, without compensation and the provision of various preferences. So one can expect a serious revision of Washington’s sanctions policy only if the mood in the United States changes.
Commented on the statement by Ernst and the chairman of the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy and Media Relations Alexey Pushkov. The senator wrote on his Twitter account that Berlin’s promise to punish Washington was “not sanctions, but a retaliatory measure.” Pushkov suggests that relations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump will now become even worse.