EU criticizes threat of US sanctions

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The EU’s top diplomat on Friday criticized US actions to sanction European companies working on Russian pipelines.”I am deeply concerned about the increasing use of sanctions, or the threat of sanctions, by the United States against European businesses and interests,” said Josep Borell, head of EU foreign policy, in a communicated.

Borell reacted to new directives issued by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo attacks media, monument protests in human rights speech The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Argentum – Mask warrants, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads Hillicon Valley: the accounts Obama’s Twitter, Biden, Musk, other compromises | United States Announces Sanctions Against Huawei Citing Human Rights Violations | Pompeo’s ‘confident’ foreign opponents to interfere in election MORE On Wednesday, it said that European companies known to be working on two Russian energy projects were at risk of receiving US sanctions.

“As a matter of principle, the European Union opposes the use of sanctions by third countries on European companies carrying out legitimate activities,” Borell said. “In addition, he considers that the extraterritorial application of sanctions is contrary to international law. European policies should be determined here in Europe and not by third countries. ”

Borell urged the United States to eliminate the threat of sanctions to allow “open dialogue”.

“Where differences exist, the European Union is always open to dialogue. But that cannot take place against the threat of sanctions, ”Borell said.

US sanctions target Russian oil pipeline projects in Europe, Nord Stream 2 and a second line called TurkStream 2.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would link Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. Turk Stream 2 is Russia’s project to operate an oil pipeline across Europe to Turkey

The United States has spoken out against Russia’s efforts to enter the European oil market as a ploy to hold Europe hostage and isolate Ukraine from the international market.

Pompeo said on Wednesday that updated sanctions guidelines, under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), warned companies to “get out now or risk the consequences.”



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