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Unilateral US Sanctions Against Russia Cause Discontent of Europe – British Political Scientist

24.07.2017 18:27

British political expert Rebecca Perring believes that between the US and the EU increase disagreements on the problem of anti-Russian sanctions. In her opinion, European leaders are unhappy with the unilateral actions of the US, which threaten the energy security of the EU.

Early House and Senate negotiators announced an agreement was reached for a sweeping package of sanctions to punish Moscow. After the news emerged, the European Commission warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences", notably on the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russia.

The German authorities already warned of possible retaliation if the US moves to sanction German firms involved with building a new Baltic pipeline for Russian gas.

EU diplomats are concerned that a German-US row over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, being built by Russia's state-owned Gazprom, could complicate efforts in Brussels to forge an EU consensus on negotiating with Russia over the project.