Klaus Ernst, Chairman of the Bundestag Economy and Energy Committee, sent a letter to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the authors of the bill to expand sanctions on the Nord Stream-2 pipeline urging it to be rejected. Excerpts from the response to US threats are reported by TASS.
“Europe expects you to respect the decisions that have been made democratically within the European Union,” the letter said. Ernst noted that congressmen in a similar situation would have struggled with interference in the internal affairs of the states of Texas, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. Possible new sanctions, in his opinion, undermine the transatlantic partnership and damage the American reputation and economy.
At the same time, the representative of the Bundestag noted that statements about the growing dependence of Germany on Russia are incorrect. As a refutation of this argument, it is noted that Berlin took an active part in concluding an agreement between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit.
US sanctions are the main problem of the project, as they threaten the owners of the ships used in the completion. It is also unclear how pipelayers will receive insurance for work in Danish waters, as insurance companies face similar restrictive measures.
Germany, which advocates the completion of construction, does not exclude retaliatory measures, including the imposition of barrage duties on American liquefied natural gas, as well as other measures at the EU level. At the same time, Berlin supported a halving of the capacity of the route under construction.