After the approval by Congress of the draft defense budget for 2021, which includes new sanctions against not-yet-completed gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2” (SP-2) and the second line has a long life of the “Turkish stream”, American policy began to personally threaten the German businessmen participating in this project. According to the German newspaper Die Welt, us officials threatened the European contractors involved in the creation of the pipeline, “far-reaching” consequences if they continue cooperation with Russia on this project. Their threats Washington until konkretisiert, but most of all, the claims are intended to limit the issuance of loans to German companies, the freezing of their Bank accounts and ban on entry into the United States, the European civil servants and private businessmen, interested in commissioning of new Russian gas pipeline.
having Come to the opinion that unsubstantiated insinuations about the possible troubles that will be faced by the European companies participating in the project on creation of the SP-2 will not lead to the desired result, the Americans decided to go to a specific economic and political threats. The house of representatives gave the nod to the defense budget in 2021, which defines the tightening of sanctions in respect of the gas pipeline “Nord stream – 2” and “Turkish stream” (the second “thread”).
the Sanctions are not directed against the Russian participants of the pipeline construction (pipelayer “Akademik Chersky” and barge “Fortuna”, which the Danish government — the last of the European States who have agreed on the construction of the route through your own area), and against German companies invest in the project. As reported by Die Welt, more than a dozen us officials held bilateral talks with European representatives of firms-contractors who are interested in the operational start-up of the “Nord stream – 2” in the operation. Details of alleged restrictive measures Washington did not disclose. According to experts, most likely, such threats at first glance can be “empty” and “unlikely.” Germany is a major trading partner of the United States — every year, America buys German goods worth more than 110-115 billion euros.
however, as experts believe, “to quarrel” with Berlin current US government is currently worthless. “The powers of Donald trump, who currently holds the main seat of the Oval office, will expire early next year. In this regard, the claims that Washington is going to make Berlin, the risk is quite tangible”, says Sergey Suverov.
“Most major problems can arise from it��ckih companies related to the automobile industry and the financial sector, says the head of IAC “Alpari” Alexander Razuvaev. They face a decrease in turnover, which would be “a cruel slap in the face” for participating in the “Nord stream – 2″. America could raise tariffs on German cars by 10-20%, which would be a fatal blow to the German automotive companies”. Every year giants such as Volkswagen, Daimler (Mercedes Benz) and BMW exported to the United States about 500 thousand cars, accounting for almost half of all European exports to the American market. According to the Bank Pictet, in monetary terms, German exports to the US exceed 55% of total European exports.
“easily, Washington is able to promote the banking scandal with any of the supporting German financial institutions — the reason there, because each of the counterparties know about each other the most incriminating information by which you can actually initiate common international economic blackmail. Fines will amount to billions of dollars and all will be accompanied by massive information attack, which skilled Americans. Washington without talking to fined all the European members of NATO to join the Alliance’s budget is disproportionate to their GDP,” — said Razuvaev.
however, says investment strategist UK “Arikapital” Sergei Suverov, the stiffness of the U.S. sanctions against members of the “Nord stream – 2” can be even more painful. According to him, Washington is quite able to impose a total ban on financing and lending to German companies involved in the creation of a Russian gas pipeline and to ban entry to the territory of the United States European officials and managers who supported the new gas route from Russia to the EU, and even lock their accounts in their banks. “Of course, it is unlikely version. Germany is the main European partner of the United States. However, we cannot exclude that some German contractors, as representatives of an extremely cautious and pragmatic nation, might be afraid of American claims and to limit its business communications related to the import of Russian energy resources”, — said the expert.