The head of the Bundestag committee on economic and energy issues called on the United States to abandon tougher sanctions and expressed hope that Washington would respect the decisions democratically adopted in the European Union
Klaus Ernst, head of the Bundestag committee on economic and energy issues, urged Washington to abandon tougher sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and warned that US sanctions policy is undermining the transatlantic partnership. Ernst sent a letter to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the heads of several committees and the authors of the bill proposing to increase pressure on the construction of the pipeline. The draft law was submitted to the Senate in early June. Excerpts from Ernst’s letter are from the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
“As an elected representative of the American people, you will undoubtedly fairly resist any attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Texas, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. Europe, in turn, expects you to respect the decisions that are made democratically in the European Union, ”Ernst wrote in a letter.
He also noted that the extraterritorial application of sanctions undermines the image of the United States and its economy in the EU. The head of the committee rejected allegations that the use of Nord Stream-2 would lead Germany to dependence on Russia, and called them unfounded.
At the same time, Ernst recalled the construction by Germany of terminals for the reception of liquefied natural gas in order to diversify supplies and that the German government “actively and successfully” supported the idea of concluding a new five-year contract for the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.
In mid-June, Ernst suggested that the German government think through its actions in the event of the imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream-2. In particular, the head of the committee considered it necessary to introduce personal sanctions in response to the authors of the bill and approve duties on American natural gas.
On June 4, it became known that a group of US senators had prepared a bill that increased sanctions pressure on the pipeline construction process. It implies the introduction of restrictions against all ships involved in pipe laying, as well as against companies that insure ships, install special equipment on them or carry out maintenance. In addition to this, it is proposed to introduce sanctions against companies that will certify the finished pipeline.