Germany: 'Desirable' for USA to talk to Europeans about Russian Federation sanctions

Fake: EU To Impose Retaliatory Sanctions Against US

Russian Federation responded to Congress's move to cement sanctions over the weekend with an announcement that it would force the US diplomatic corps in the country, scrapping more than 700 of its staff.

"He pledged to use this opportunity for the discussion while in close contact with [US Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson". "Do you think it is right or wrong for the U.S. expanding sanctions in this way?"

And, sure enough, on Monday, the Germany economy minister said that tew penalties against Moscow proposed by USA lawmakers violate worldwide law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures.

European leaders say the sanctions will jeopardize their energy security and hurt their economies. Europe after all relies more on Russian Federation for its primary energy imports than any other country, according to Eurostat, the European Commission's statistical body.

The European Union has also threatened to retaliate against new U.S. sanctions on Russia, saying they would harm the bloc's energy security by targeting projects including a planned new pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to northern Europe.

Furthermore, the reason for Europe's anger is that contrary to its stated intention of punishing Russian Federation for "meddling in the presidential elections", the bill appears - according to Brussels - to target Russia's Nord Stream-2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russian Federation to Germany.

"In any case, the law stipulates [the US] holding preliminary consultations with us Europeans, before this can happen", Gabriel said, referring to the possible imposition of the new anti-Russian sanctions. "He has a possibility to discuss these sanctions with us, to take into account European interests", DPA quoted him as saying during a visit in Belgium. "European Union officials made rather stern statements that the US's actions are unacceptable, even saying that the European Union isn't ruling out retaliatory measures", Zudin said. If the United States does not take European concerns into account sufficiently, the EU would act appropriately.

"The Americans can't punish German companies because they have business interests in another country".

Senators last week sent legislation slapping new sanctions on Moscow to President Trump's desk.

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