"That Must Not Happen": Germany Threatens US With Retaliation Over New Russia Sanctions

Tyler Durden's picture

One day after the Senate almost unanimously passed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia, an unexpected outcry against the US decision emerged from two of America's closest allies, Germany and Austria, who yesterday slammed the new sanctions and 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."

Today's the unexpected fallout from the latest round of US sanctions has escalated, and according to Reuters, Germany has threatened to retaliate against the United States if the new US sanctions on Russia end up penalizing German firms, which they almost will as it foresees punitive measures against entities that provide material support to Russia in building energy export pipelines. Such as Germany, Austria and host of other European nations. Berlin is concerned that if passed in the House, the sanctions will pave way for fines against German and European firms involved in Nord Stream 2, a project to build a pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic.

And it's not jet the Germans who are sweating: among the European companies involved in the project are German oil and gas giant Wintershall, German energy trading firm Uniper, Royal Dutch Shell, Austria’s OMV and France’s Engie. In other words, if the Senate proposed sanctions pass, the US will have to fine virtually every energy giant in Europe.

Quoted by Reuters, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert described the Senate bill, which must be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by Trump before it becomes law, as "a peculiar move". He said it was "strange" that sanctions intended to punish Russia for alleged interference in the U.S. elections could also trigger penalties against European companies. "That must not happen," said Seibert.

Confirming the seriousness of Germany's resolve, in an interview with Reuters, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said "Berlin would have to think about counter-measures" if Trump backed the plan. "If he does, we'll have to consider what we are going to do against it."

The unexpectedly sharp response from Germany comes at a time of deep strain in the transatlantic relationship due to shifts in U.S. policy and a more confrontational rhetoric towards Europe under Trump, who has not only demanded more funding for NATO, slammed Germany over its trade balance and cheap currency but also most recently exited Europe's precious Paris climate treaty, Ironically, the part of the bill that threatens to impaire the already precarious relations with Europe was introduced by some of the president's top critics, including Republican hawk John McCain.

As Reuters notes, "they are intent on limiting Trump's ability to forge warmer ties with Russia, a key foreign policy pledge during his campaign for the presidency, but one he has been unable to deliver on amid investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election." Judging by Germany's response this attempt to further alienate Russia may backfire dramatically, not only alieanting Berlin but bringing Europe and Russia closer, now that the Qatar gas pipeline - courtesy of Saudi Arabia - is a non-starter.

Back to Zypries who continued to lash out at the US saying "I regret that the joint approach of Europe and the United States on Russia and sanctions has been undermined and abandoned in this way."

What she may not understand is that in the US - at least for the vast majority of the media - the only thing that matters now is the anti-Russia narrative, and Congress will do anything to perpetuate that. If that means hurting the income statement of a handful of "ally" corporations, so be it: there are newspapers to sell, after all.

In addition to Germany, France and the European Commission also urged the United States to coordinate with its partners on such matters. "For several years, we have underlined to the United States the difficulties that extraterritorial legislation spark," a French foreign ministry spokesman told reporters.

Finally, some European diplomats said they fear the threat of new measures out of Washington may harden Germany's defense of Nord Stream and complicate already difficult talks among EU nations over whether to seek joint talks with Russia over the pipeline. "This is not helpful now. It tends to stir up desires to protect our territorial space," one EU diplomat said, clearly another European who does not understand that when it comes to promoting US policy, whatever it may be, foreign sovereignty - even that of friendly nations  - is never a concern.

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Bigly's picture

Krazy glue that nasty mouth closed

knukles's picture

OK OK OK, we'll do anything, but please no Drunker Juncker. 

aloha_snakbar's picture

Poor Angela always looks like she is in such a bad mood...maybe it is a German thing...

researchfix's picture

I am very curious how this new Mutti plays out. She sure was on Hillary´s war train. Now she got a conscience....against Trump. Don´t believe for one moment, that she is speaking for the German citizens.

jeff montanye's picture

this reminds me of how obama, hated by much of the republican base, by adopting bush war and bank policies allowed some republicans to hate those policies.  trump is the engineer on the train right now but he didn't lay the tracks.  so america still does many warlike things that trump, were he free, would not do.

so let's have the europeans rally for peace out of distaste for trump and the u.s.  

some democrats will turn against the empire because it has (hated) trump at its head, hillary notwithstanding.

these aren't bad things.

shovelhead's picture


All of a sudden the Neo-Cons want to go AMERICA FIRST.

FoggyWorld's picture

Very hard to find out what native born Germans think these days because of the combination of indoctrination and a very censored press.

Rubicon727's picture

Perfectly stated, although their past (since unification in 1870s?) strongly suggests idol worship of authoritarian rule. 

Bigly's picture

She always looks like she is taking a constipated dump to me

knukles's picture

Check out Kraut porn and you'll understand.

miki's picture

LOL and we will watch europe run into the arms of russia. grand prussia coming soon

Tsipras the Great's picture

America tries by force, we'll give it a go with bureaucracy

revjimbeam's picture

And here i thought this whole russia bullshit was just about delegitimizing Trump and his agenda while providing cover for hillary's loss and her misdeeds...i should have fucking known better but was distracted by the shiny object...

Sigh...its always about energy and who supplies it....always.

montresor's picture

I'm sorry lady I can't hear you from that pile of jihadist invaders you live under ..

Pure Evil's picture

Much less hear over the screams of all the children and women raped and molested.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Herr Merkel decrees that your speech is hateful and intolerant.

You must be punished for resisting the will of your global overlords.

HRClinton's picture

Reduce the problem to Basic Principles. Think...

Per the Anglo-American Alliance of WW II, NATO was created to keep... Russia out, Germany down, and America in. Ditto for the EU. The moment that Europe in general, and France & Germany in particular get too close to Russia or China, they get sacrificed to keep them from pivoting East and out of the clutches of NY bankers. 

The Liberal/Progressive wing is wrecking Germany via its socialist and immigration policies (bring in Muslims), thanks to 8 yes of BHO.  The MIC/Neocons wing is now using its economic might, via DJT. Both wings are part of the same of the same (((Blue & White Predator/Vulture))).

This (((Predator/Vulture))) will do literally ANYTHING to prevent OBOR, to prevent Silk Roads South and North. Mantra: "You're either with US or against US", rev.2.0 (2016-2020).

rejected's picture

Sooooo, the vassals are whining.

Hell, the US government has sold its own citizens out for a few pieces of silver,,, so what makes Europe any different?

STFU and tow the line like the rest of us,,,, worms.....

Winston Churchill's picture

Wow, only took them three years to work out the sanctions were meant to hurt Germany just as

much as Russia.

Bay of Pigs's picture

I wonder if there are 100 more corrupt people in the entire world than in the US Senate?

A bunch of liars, shills, buffoons and warmongers.

serotonindumptruck's picture

If the US Congress were based in Tel Aviv, it would make a lot more sense.

HRClinton's picture

They're just well-spoken Careerists and Opportunists, doing the bidding of their (((financial))) masters.

They're just better at "Looking out for #1" than most of you, that's all.

Sorry, if your hopes and ideals were misplaced. Now you know that the object of your desires is a diseased slut (Putas y Ijos de Putas!). Congrats, you now get to grow up.

pizdowitz's picture

Hey Cankles ! Congrats ! You finally changed your avatar to ... Agent Orange holding your head ? How fiting.... I do not see any catch-up on it though...

Now also stop doodling, and bake some cookies instead. Gives you something to do in the asylum.

null's picture

There surely are but it does not diminish your point.

jmack's picture

So congress is going to get us in a trade war.  I thought that was Trumps job?

sunkeye's picture

Compared to Angela Merkel, Neville Chamberlain looks like Charles Martel.

Wake up Germany! And Europe*! Your leaders are destroying your countries.

Save your cultures, save yourselves.


* Except for Hungary and Poland.


Doom and Dust's picture

Why are Ameritards always so concerned about the cultural and ethnic homogeneity in Europa?

Yes I hate to see it being attacked by youknowho too, but compared to the multicultural-ethnic-confessional melting-pot ruled-by-the-2% America, with only 1 in 7 blue-eyed people, it's the US that's at danger of becoming a white minority, miscegenated cuckhole.

Additionally European foreign policy is not totally and utterly dominated by a second country's ethnic clique, as per the article.

ClickNLook's picture

What are the sanctions?

Like Europe can't buy Russian gas?

To increase pressure on Qatar to sell their gas in the US dollars framework and Europe to buy it?

Winter is not that far away...

Francis Marx's picture

Sanctions have never, ever worked since they started doing them decades ago. It only hurts the regular people on both sides economically.

Winston Churchill's picture

Arguably they worked on Rhodesia, after 26 years.


jeff montanye's picture

the exception that proves the rule.


Francis Marx's picture

They were a broken state in civil war and not much left to work with. It wasnt the sanctions. Now tell about north Korea now and the string of other countries that have sanctions on them  ? no effect.

Big Brother's picture

Say what you want but that Nord Stream is an impressive feat of engineering.

pizdowitz's picture

... and a poster child for inept politics.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Oh, so I guess Russia isn't THAT big of a threat. Smh.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

kind of exposes it as bullshit doesn't it

buzzsaw99's picture

they don't have shit, they aren't shit now, and they will never be shit.  do your worst germany. do it. i triple dog dare you.

Defiated's picture

.....you Americans are so eloquent!

Jim in MN's picture



"I said Yo, whatchu doin' in my girls' crib?

He said Yo, 'snot what I'm doin', it's what I done DID"


--some old rap song

pizdowitz's picture

Thank you for the kind words ! Now do your Drang nach Osten ....

Stanley Lord's picture

Go back to East Germany you crazy bitch.

BustainMovealota's picture

Strength lies not in defence but in attack. -- Adolf Hitler

Pure Evil's picture

Unless of course you attempt to fight a three front war or meet an enemy with an army three times the size of yours with 5 times the number of tanks.