Germany insists on retaliatory measures after new sanctions USA
The European Union should, according to the German minister of Economics and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, fast countermeasures to consider against the U.s. sanctions against Russia. Germany fears that the sanctions, even European companies will take.
That is unacceptable and contrary to international law. That says Zypries Monday in in die Zeit.
The U.S. penalties, for example, German companies because they are outside of Germany are active. “Of course, We want no trade war, but it is sensible that the European Commission now engages with a response to U.s. sanctions”.
The sanctions affect, among others, the energy sector of Russia. As a result, the construction of the controversial pipeline, the Nord Stream II, is in danger. The gas line must Germany of more Russian gas, and the construction gives German companies a lot of work.
The american elections
The U.s. Congress last week voted for new and without consultation with the EU drafted sanctions against Russia. Washington is angry because Russia would have mixed in the Us presidential election.
In Russia was furious and responded to the senate resolution. The Russian economy is already weakened by the sanctions, which in 2014 were imposed as a result of the Russian annexation of the Crimea. The Kremlin denies to have interfered with the American elections.
Russian president Vladimir Putin in response to sanctions announced that 755 American diplomats Russia must leave.