The German foreign Ministry considered the US sanctions undermine the cohesion of the Western countries

Sigmar Gabriel

Extension of U.S. sanctions against Russia have a negative impact on relations between countries of Europe with Washington. On Tuesday, August 8, said the foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel in an interview with the newspaper Westfälische Nachrichten.

“For us, the so-called West, it is very important to stick together. The law on sanctions (against Russia — approx. “Of the”), which was passed by the U.S. Congress, rather harm it,” — said the Minister. He also urged US President Donald trump to consult with the European Union, “before to put into practice these sanctions are in life.”

Earlier, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said that in Berlin and in Paris, the extension of anti-Russian sanctions Washington “regarded as a violation of international law.” According to him, this may lead to a revision of the situation with the European restrictions.

2 Aug trump has signed the law on new anti-sanctions, before it was adopted by the Senate of the Congress. The document, in particular, provides a reduction of up to two weeks maximum term of financing of banks, which are under sanctions, and 30 days — for oil and gas companies. In addition, the law specified that Washington intends to prevent the construction of “Nord stream-2”.