The US ambassador to Germany has warned of sanctions against companies linked to the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline from Russia, the American embassy in Berlin confirmed Sunday.
A letter envoy Richard Grenell despatched to a number of companies “reminds that any firm working within the Russian power export pipeline sector… is in peril under CAATSA of US sanctions,” an embassy spokesman informed AFP.
The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) adopted in 2017 targets Iran, Russia and North Korea.
Close Donald Trump ally Grenell’s letter “will not be meant to be a menace, however a transparent message of US policy,” the spokesman stated.
“The solely factor that could be considered blackmail on this state of affairs could be the Kremlin having leverage over future fuel provides,” he stated.
Construction has already begun on Nord Stream 2, set to double the capability of an current pipeline throughout the Baltic Sea.
Firms including Germany’s Wintershall and Uniper, Dutch-British Shell, France’s Engie and Austria’s OMV are concerned within the undertaking.
Combined with the deliberate TurkStream pipeline throughout the Black Sea, Nord Stream 2 would eliminate the necessity to transport pure fuel to Europe through Ukraine — robbing the nation of an element shielding it from Russian aggression, Grenell stated.
The two nations are in battle over the japanese a part of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014.
“Firms supporting the development of the 2 pipelines are actively undermining the security of Ukraine and Europe,” Grenell wrote.
Washington’s fears in regards to the pipeline are shared by plenty of japanese European Union nations including Poland, and the European Parliament final month handed a decision condemning the development.
But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, backed by France and Austria, has thus far insisted it’s a “purely financial undertaking” that may guarantee cheaper, extra dependable fuel provide.
The veteran chief — a key player in Moscow-Kiev peace talks — says Ukrainian pursuits can be protected as some Russian fuel will nonetheless be transported through the nation once Nord Stream 2 is on-line.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas additionally weighed in on the transatlantic row final week, saying “European power policy needs to be determined in Europe, not within the United States.”