German FM complains about U.S. threat of Nord Stream 2 sanctionsChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 11, 2020
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that he had complained to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the threat of sanctions against a German port company due to the Nord Stream 2 project.
German FM Heiko Maas
Topics: Nord Stream
In their letter which got published on Friday, the three senators warned that the port operator could destroy its future financial viability if it does not cease all cooperation with companies working on the pipeline stretching 1,230 km from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea.
Washington and Berlin have long been at odds at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
U.S. President Donald Trump has long voiced his discontentment about the Nord Stream 2 project, complaining about Germany's large payment to Russia on energy and "delinquency" on military spending.
German government and officials have repeatedly condemned the U.S. sanctions and Washington's extraterritorial administration.
Last week, Bundestag economic committee chairman Klaus Ernst called on the German government to consider countermeasures and, if necessary, implement punitive tariffs against the U.S. LNG gas. ■