United States' planned sanctions against Russian Federation contrary to worldwide law: Germany

Marsha Scott
August 2, 2017

NEW sanctions proposed by the United States against Russian Federation could be against global law and the European Union should consider moves to counteract them, a top German official has warned.

"He pledged to use this opportunity for the discussion while in close contact with [US Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson".

Further west, however, the increasingly aggressive United States policy - in keeping with Trump's "America First" slogan and pledge to reinvigorate U.S. energy firms - is only raising hackles.

As the both chambers of the U.S. Congress decided last week to push ahead with new sanctions on Russian Federation along with Iran and North Korea with overwhelming majority in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and meddling in USA election, German economy minister Brigitte Zypries called on Brussels to consider countermeasures and said that these new sanctions violate worldwide laws.

German economy minister Brigitte Zypries said it was "against worldwide law, plain and simple" for the United States to punish European Union firms for their dealings with Russian Federation.

The new package of measures against Russian Federation, passed in Congress last week and set to be signed into law by Trump, would allow the U.S.to impose sanctions on companies that worked on Russia's energy export pipelines. "Sanctions policies are neither a suitable nor an appropriate instrument for promoting national export interests and the domestic energy sector", Gabriel said last week.

But the German economy minister has claimed the sanctions violate worldwide law and that the European Union should take action against the US.

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EU business and political leaders fear it could hurt the construction of Nord Stream 2, a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline, and thus damage European economies.

The new sanctions have been criticised by several officials in Europe, including the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "That means that it is right that the European Commission now considers countermeasures", she said.

The German government has stood against the latest sanctions bill passed by Congress, which explicitly prioritizes the interests of USA energy companies.

Germany's economy minister appealed to the United States on Tuesday to talk to Europeans about the effects of tougher sanctions they plan to introduce against Russian Federation, saying European companies must not be punished.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned last week that "if our concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days" of the provisions taking effect.

Last week, the US Senate approved a bill specifying tougher unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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