American restrictive measures targeting the Russian gas Nord Stream 2 pipeline would be the wrong option to address a dispute over energy supply, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has noted.
Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports thaton Thursday, January 10, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas criticised U.S. willingness to introduce sanctions over the $11 billion, Russian-led gas pipeline that is to be built in the Baltic Sea, which, according to the U.S. make Germany of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.
«Questions of European energy policy must be decided in Europe, not in the U.S.,» Maas commented. «To impose unilateral sanctions against Nord Stream 2 is certainly not the way to go.»
Joseph Giordono-Scholz, spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin, resoponded that other European states also opposed the planned pipeline: “We would point out that… the European Parliament condemned Nord Stream 2 and called for its cancellation as recently as December”.
The U.S. has suggested that liquefied natural gas, delivered by U.S. companies, would be an alternative to Russian gas and Germany has voiced determination to build the infrastructure to import LNG.