Germany, Austria Slam US Sanctions Against Russia, Warn Of Collapse In Relations

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than a day after the Senate overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions against the Kremlin, on Thursday Germany and Austria - two of Russia's biggest energy clients in Europe - slammed the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas.

Shortly after the Senate voted Wednesday to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy over "interference in the 2016 U.S. elections" and aggression in Syria and Ukraine, in a joint statement Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern and Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it appeared that the Senate bill was aimed at securing US energy jobs and pushing out Russian gas deliveries to Europe. 

Gabriel and Kern also accused the U.S. of having ulterior motives in seeking to enforce the energy blockade, which they said is trying to help American natural gas suppliers at the expense of their Russian rivals. And they warned the threat of fining European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project "introduces a completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations."

In their forceful appeal, the two officials urged the United States to back off from linking the situation in Ukraine to the question of who can sell gas to Europe. "Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America," Kern and Gabriel said. The reason why Europe is angry Some Eastern European countries, including Poland and Ukraine, fear the loss of transit revenue if Russian gas supplies don't pass through their territory anymore once the new pipeline is built.

While the diplomats said that it was important for Europe and the US to form a united front on the issue of Ukraine, "we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies," the two officials warned citing a section of the bill that calls for the United States to continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would pump Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea. According to AP, half of the cost of the new pipeline is being paid for by Russian gas giant Gazprom, while the other half is being shouldered by a group including Anglo-Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell, French provider Engie, OMV of Austria and Germany's Uniper and Wintershall.

Their concern was echoed by Russia's energy giant Gazprom, whose Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said that Senate’s plan for extended sanctions to cover Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is a way to secure US LNG in Europe. He also said that the project is proceeding in line with plan and that it has already received more than €1BN from Nord Stream 2 partners, chief among which Germany and Austria.

In light of recent media frenzy in the US, we are skeptical the Senate will undo its decision, lest it too be accused of being infiltrated by KGB spies and colluding with Putin.

Meanwhile, this just hit:


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Looney's picture


The rift between the US and the EU is getting bigger than a plumber’s butt crack.  ;-)


Troy Ounce's picture


Giorgy is having a ball! Cigars and Champagne for him tonight!

Pandelis's picture

here come the germans again ... they surely have their sights into running the world

HK21E's picture

Too bad their manhood died on the steppes of Russia and all they are left with are zeta male princesses cowed by Mutti.

PrayingMantis's picture


... an excerpt ... from ... "US Has Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation"

... >>> ... "DHARNA NOOR: What's your response to this? Are these so-called interferences unprecedented? And what do you make of his [Adam Schiff] accusation that Russia is working against democracy with its support for authoritarianism?

GLEN FORD: Well, they're not just unprecedented, they're non-existent, at least as far as the evidence goes. But there is a great precedent in the world for interfering in other people's governments, and other people's right to order their own internal affairs as they see fit. And the biggest example of that interference -- the great interferer -- is the United States of America.

 Nobody holds a candle to the United States, when it comes to interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Nobody even comes close. And we only get a sense of the scope, and sheer size, and the unique character of U.S. interference in the rest of the world, by taking in the totality of history, and the whole wide range of meddling in other people's rights to self-determination that the United States is guilty of.

The U.S. has absolutely no respect for anybody else's right to self-determination, except its own. It overthrows governments. It overthrew most of the governments of Latin America, and still threatens to do so. It has participated in the overthrow of emerging governments in Africa, and now, basically is an occupier of Africa, through its Africom.

It annexes whole countries, and that begins with the beginnings of the United States, the annexing of all the original people, the original nations of the United States into the United States. And goes on to include, oh, about half or more of Mexico, and all of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. And they damned near took Cuba several times, including at the turn of the 20th Century.

The United States blackmails and coerces nations to form governments that will go along with the United States' wishes. And they use the threat of force to do that. They fund political parties all over the world. They do that covertly, and they do that overtly. And they do it to people, to governments, that are supposed to be their friends.

Most notably, right after World War II, they subverted and tried to guide the course of politics in France and Italy, when communist parties were very strong in those countries. It arms opposition groups -- that is, wages proxy wars. And it's been doing that in the Muslim world for some time, going on 40 years now. Starting with Afghanistan, and most recently with Libya, and with Syria, and with the cumulative loss of millions and millions of lives.

It imposes sanctions at the drop of a hat on countries all over the world. And sanctions are, and are meant to be, interference in the internal affairs of other countries. And it wages ceaseless propaganda wars for the purposes of regime change. And in this regard, it's certainly not just the U.S. government; the U.S. corporate media is not a junior partner, a full partner in these propaganda wars.

And they start off when you hear a government being referred to as a, "regime," rather than a government. That's when you know that the crosshairs are on that government's neck. ... " ...

... source >>>

... (emphasis added)  ...

TahoeBilly2012's picture

All Hail the Khazarian Mafia! Russia is all theirs! Maybe if their fucking Hollywood crap hadn't gotten so retarded they could have actually kept the sham going.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Still more fallout from the "Russia Interferred with the US Elections" mem.  Where is the f&*&^% proof!  Those who's sole meaning of life is to demonize Russia are really screwing up thte world.  And Turdwad McCain is the leader of the pack.  This is "FACEBOOK STUPID"!!!!!

el buitre's picture

I have one three letter word to respond to a snowflake that tells me that Russia interferred with the election - HOW?  Have yet to get a non-gibberish response, just uh's and um's.  Just keep asking HOW each time they come up with something inane.  Critical thinking skills are well below zero.  Hitlery had such contempt for the Constitution that she and her pizza eaters (with little hotdogs) forgot about the electoral college until it was too late.  She figured that if she cast millions of bogus votes in New York, Shitcago, and the People's Republic of California, it was in the bag.  She has become so crazy insane that she is now just a dumb, nasty fuck.

Alt RightGirl's picture

The TRUE Western world set it's hope on Trump.

But looks like the Light MIGHT come from the East -> Putin.

As it Becomes Clear that Trump Cannot Save the West, Only One Outcome is Inevitable's picture

Bring the fucking WW3 already.

Lots of stubble to burn.


SoDamnMad's picture

Victoria Nuland and the US interference in the Ukrainian election with all those deaths in Kiev and Odessa from the CIA/ Academi mercenaries. I didn't see Germany or Austria oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. US war on Syria to get the access route for the Qatar pipeline. Pot calling the kettle black or something wrse than that.

Glyndwr will return's picture

Best comment of the week across all threads

The Mythical Black Jew's picture

The Law of Empires...

1- All Empires fall.

2-All Empires think they are the end of history.

3-All Empires fall when they ran out of money to buy people.

shocktherapy's picture

Dear upper, middle and  lower class white men of america, you are being isolated, you will be turned into slaves. Just like the blacks you mock.

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

'Twas always that way, really.  What percentage of Southerners owned slaves in 1860-ish?

And how did the white man of America compete against all that free, slave labor?

It takes a Democrat to mock a black man, I say.

shocktherapy's picture

How did they compete ?

The Homestead Acts were several United States federal laws that gave an applicant ownership of land, typically called a "homestead", at no cost. In all, more than 270 million acres of public land, or nearly 10% of the total area of the U.S., was given away free to 1.6 million homesteaders; most of the homesteads were west of the Mississippi River.

business as stusual's picture

Only if I allow them to. The choice is mine and mine alone, regardless of what they think or plan.

shocktherapy's picture

Do you pay any kind of tax ? If your on the internet, have a cell phone, drive a car, own a home the answer is yes. Are all of those taxes going towards what you believe in, the answer is probably no. Slave to taxes that dont benefit you. What have you done about it ?

farflungstar's picture

Being mocked by retarded niggers...I don't know how I'll sleep at night now.

veeger's picture

what do white men, of any type,in america have to do with this article ......this article is about germans and austrians seeing the writing on the wall....and trying to get out from under the 500 lb. zio-gorilla on their back......their only hope is to trade with russia.........

veeger's picture

but when rational thinking is prohibited ,, then you can allways resort to name-calling ,    such as ; racist , anti-semitic , etc...etc... etc.... ......troll

swmnguy's picture

This is not unintentional.

For America's bankruptcy and liquidation to go down in the most lucrative fashion, a whole sequence of events has to come to pass.  Everybody in the US has to be chased into the stock market.  All personal assets have to collateral for some kind of credit.  All public assets have to be stripped off and passed to private-sector cronies.  Public finance has to be devastated.  People have to mistrust the government no matter their personal politics.  Fraud has to be accepted as the standard order of business. America's military has to be over-extended and broken.  America has to alienate all possible allies, and convince them that America can not be trusted or relied upon in any way.  Americans have to be convinced the nation is ungovernable and demand a dictator.  There are other objectives as well.

Once a critical point toward each objective has been reached, the doors slam shut and are locked, and the whole structure put to the torch.

We're advancing at speed.  A great deal of progress has been made in just the past two weeks.

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

You know the hoard can't wait for all that to happen.  The hoard will attack Israel as soon as America is hobbled, and we elect a leader that will only say,

"Have you come to plunder?  Well.... have yeh?   Have you come to plunder..... ?"   Talk talk talk.

The merchants of Tarshish and her young lions will only talk.  Excellent!!!!





GUS100CORRINA's picture

Germany, Austria Slam US Sanctions Against Russia, Warn Of Collapse In Relations



Isaiah 9:8-20 (KJV)


8 The Lord sent a word into (US Legislative Leaders), and it hath lighted upon (America).

9 And all the people shall know, even (Small US Towns) and the inhabitant of (US Cities), that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,

10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars (NYC ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER).

11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries against them, and join his enemies together;

12 The (barbarians) before, and the (terrorists) behind; and they shall devour (America) with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.

14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from (American) head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

16 For the (legislative) leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in (America's) young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is a hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

18 For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.

19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.

20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm.


Spine of Ruprecht's picture

Why are you (adding) to (scripture) ?


And King James?  He was a fucking pedo.


Try adding some windows to your Kingdom Hall.  It's stifling, and I can't fart freely.

SoDamnMad's picture

Russian warned us that poking the stick in the bears eye would lead to war. Russia had a simulated war drill to check on preparations.  Putin warned us again in the Oliver Stone interview that no one will survive a nuclear war and we are pushing to have one.

And in the US... Oh wait, New pictures of Kim Kardasian's butt just appeared. Gotta go and look RIGHT NOW.

DavidFL's picture

Mumbo Jumbo - Give me a break!

Mr Twitch's picture

We want cheaper rounds again!  Call your congressman to lift sanctions!

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Europe and especially the Germanic people are going to shift towards Iran and Russia. Then it gets terminal

Koba the Dread's picture

I suppose that's one crude, colloquial way to put it.

Shakespeare might have said it differently:

It is neither wide as a church door

Nor deep as a well. . .

But 'twil serve.

MK13's picture

Then it's one hell of tight crack. Aside from Russian dealings, Western Europe globalists and US deep state are two peas in a pod.

Justin Case's picture

The rift between the US and the rest of the world continues to grow as the merican influence of the vassel countries dwindles. Paying to be a member of the NATO gang is also lost it's purpose. Only threat peace on earth is merica and all the fake woars for empire building.

Omega_Man's picture

merica sucks ...attack and crush it

veeger's picture

america does not suck...........the treasonous trash that have sold out america suck........

swmnguy's picture

"Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America."

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-(snort)-ha-ha!  That's the funniest thing I've read in quite some time.

Maybe that's what you think, bitchez.  But if that is what you think, you shouldn't say so out loud.  That proves you haven't read Zbigniew Brzezinski and have no understanding of the past 25 years (at minimum) of US foreign policy.  Dumb-shits.

swmnguy's picture

Ah, I see a couple of us have no idea what's been going in Syria these past few years, nor what's been going on with Qatar over the past week.

business as stusual's picture

Talking to yourself is a very bad sign.

Justin Case's picture

Talking to yourself is a very bad sign. Especially nonsense. It's an indicator of much deeper issues. The lights are on but nobody's home.

el buitre's picture

Syria is game over for USIS.  I think the CIA and NSA should devote itself to its essential tasks that it is really good at - narco, organ, and child trafficking.

August's picture

Indeed.  Kidneys, livers and hearts have never been more affordable!

swmnguy's picture

Yeah, Syria isn't turning out as hoped.

However, the best part of having chaos be your intended result, failure can work just as well as success.  The only real failure would have been to leave Syria alone, unmolested.  So sure, Assad isn't going anywhere and will regain control of Syria for the most part.  The Qatar pipeline to supply Europe isn't going to happen.  But a lot of destruction has taken place, there are still a lot of utterly desperate and ruthless CIA employees running around looking for trouble and the seeds are planted for more violence later, facilitated by the instability being developed.

Looks like Assad is going to be able to at least green-light the Iran pipeline, and Iran is willing to let Qatar in on that deal.  Hence the Qatar kerfuffle the past 10 days.

That of course destabilizes the whole Arabian peninsula, which works just fine in the grand CIA scheme of things.  Disorder is fine, wherever it sets in.

Mr Twitch's picture

'Oh mighty USIS' (Yinon Plan)

veeger's picture

pipelines can be run by any countries that wish to collaborate on such an endeavor.............bombing anybody that may be competition is not least to civilized human beans...............seems like isreal has been left alone and unmolested....was that a mistake....or a failure..

veeger's picture

yes , you are right , the end is in sight for the illegal invasion of syria..........the only question is ......will the u.s. accept defeat ? ...or will they escalate to world war ?

Glyndwr will return's picture

Thankfully that old bastard is now stone dead.

swmnguy's picture

They better have nailed the fucking coffin shut.  Stuffed his mouth with garlic.  Lined the whole damn thing with silver.  Buried him face down.  All the stuff they'd know how to do in Galicia where he was spawned.