“We still hope that these sanctions will not be imposed. The Federal government always willing to negotiate to avert an escalation,” said economy Minister Peter Altmaier in an interview with DPA.
According to him, the Ministry held crucial talks. Currently in the North of Germany built the terminal where you can unload and sell liquefied natural gas from the United States. Against this background, there is no basis for sanctions. “By the way, I hope and expect that all parties involved will comply with the requirements of international law,” said Altmaier.
Among German politicians there is a growing dissatisfaction with the U.S. position on the pipeline. Washington urged to stop treating Europeans as vassal States. “The U.S. is dangerously tightening spiral of escalation in the transatlantic relationship and consciously subjected to political and economic relations between Germany, Europe and the United States an even greater danger,” Die Welt quoted the first business Manager of the SPD faction in the Bundestag, Carsten Schneider.
the MP called on the Federal government to use the presidency of the European Council for the rapid strengthening of the “resistance European sanctions”. “Germany and Europe as the world’s largest single market, cannot be treated as vassal States,” stressed Schneider. The politician spoke in favor of the use of “reasonable countermeasures that will feel us exporters”. In addition, European companies are threatened by sanctions, needs to get help.
Berlin is concerned about allegations that the U.S. wants to increase pressure on the German and European companies involved in the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. In recent days, U.S. officials have held a video conference with the contractors in order “to indicate the far-reaching consequences of further participation in the project”, the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.
meanwhile, Denmark was allowed to resume laying the “Nord stream-2”. Danish energy Agency (DEA) has no objection to the use in the construction of the pipeline ships with the anchor, and not just with dynamic positioning, as it was before. It was also noted that the route is outside the area at risk of contact with buried at the bottom of the Baltic sea by chemical weapons.