Germany and Austria criticized plans for the introduction of U.S. sanctions against Russia
The foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel and the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern regard the U.S. sanctions against the Russian energy sector as a threat to European companies that are involved in the development of energy supply. This is stated in a joint statement, the politicians.
Gabriel and Kern are convinced that under consideration by the U.S. Congress restrictive measures are contrary to international law, threaten Europe’s energy security and harm the settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
Politicians also expressed confidence that the only purpose of these sanctions is to try to push for the European market for American liquefied natural gas, cleaning gas from Russia.
“Suppliers of energy to Europe is within the competence of the EU, not the US, he decided on the basis of market competition”, — said in a statement.