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Germany: U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2 companies unacceptable

Christian Fernsby |
Berlin should introduce punitive tariffs on imports of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) since Washington is pursuing its own ends by imposing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, according to a German MP.

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Topics: GERMANY    U.S.    NORD STREAM   

Klaus Ernst, the chairman of the German parliament’s Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy said that penalties against corporations engaged in the Russian-led gas-provision project are unacceptable.

“The fresh U.S. sanctions against companies that participate in the construction of Nord Stream 2 won’t lead to the expected effect, but despite this, they are unacceptable,” the politician said.

Ernst added that the US had no right to just promote the economic interests of the American gas sector, and at the same time to degrade their so-called allies, turning them into subordinates. The chairman also urged the federal government to summon the acting US ambassador and clearly explain the U.S. position.

“It is also necessary to introduce penal duties on gas imports from the U.S.,” Ernst said, expressing deep concern that the incoming president Joe Biden wouldn’t change the U.S.’ “aggressive economic policy.”

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