The European Commission has condemned the US plans to expand the sanctions on Nord Stream 2, which could potentially affect EU businesses working on the project, and stressed that extraterritorial sanctions violate international law.
The commission clarified that it strongly opposes the idea of third countries targeting European companies conducting legal business.
Brussels added that it is ready to defend its interests if the US Administration goes ahead with the idea of expanding the Nord Stream 2 sanctions.
Germany has achieved progress in negotiations with the US concerning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which Washington wants to prevent from being completed, and expects talks on the issue to be held soon, the head of the German Bundestag Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, Klaus Ernst, said.
The German lawmaker also praised the “creative ideas” of the country’s federal states, which may allow private companies to dodge the American sanctions against the pipeline.
According to the document, any companies that facilitate the construction of the pipeline, for example, by providing it with pipe-laying vessels will be targeted with US sanctions.
Government entities, however, will no longer fall into the eligible category, thus allowing them to certify the pipeline for operation.
Previously, Norwegian-German certification company Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd said it would cease working on certifying vessels involved in the project, but denied stopping the inspections of the pipeline itself.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Political News 2020.