EU "Sounds Alarm" Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation

Tyler Durden's picture

Late on Friday, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to advance a bill that would punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and restrict the president’s power to remove sanctions on Moscow, according to the WSJ. The measure, if signed into law, will also give Congress veto powers to block any easing of Russian sanctions by the president. And while it remained unclear if President Donald Trump would sign the bill if it reaches his desk, which is now likely, the loudest complaint about the bill to date has emerged noe from the Oval Office, but from Brussels, after the EU once again urged (and warned, and threatened) US lawmakers to coordinate their anti-Russia actions with European partners, or else.

As Reuters reports, the European Union "sounded an alarm on Saturday" about moves in the U.S. Congress to step up U.S. sanctions on Russia, urging Washington to keep coordinating with its G7 partners.  In a statement by a spokeswoman after Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress reached a deal that could see new legislation pass, the European Commission warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences", especially on the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russia, adding that "unilateral measures" by the US could undermine transatlantic unity.

"We highly value the unity that is prevailing among international partners in our approach towards Russia's action in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions. This unity is the guarantee of the efficiency and credibility of our measures," the Commission said in its statement.

 

"We understand that the Russia/Iran sanctions bill is driven primarily by domestic considerations," it went on, referring to a bill passed in the U.S. Senate last month and to which lawmakers said on Saturday they had unblocked further obstacles.

 

"As we have said repeatedly, it is important that any possible new measures are coordinated between international partners to maintain unity among partners on the sanctions that has been underpinning the efforts for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements," the Commission said, referring to an accord struck with Moscow to try to end the conflicts in Ukraine.

 

"We are concerned the measures discussed in the U.S. Congress could have unintended consequences, not only when it comes to Transatlantic/G7 unity, but also on EU economic and energy security interests. This impact could be potentially wide and indiscriminate, including when it comes to energy sources diversification efforts.

 

"Sanctions are at their most effective when they are coordinated. Currently our sanctions regimes are coordinated. As a result their impact on the ground is increased and through coordination we are able to avoid surprises, manage potential impact on our own economic operators and address collectively efforts to circumvent such measures. Unilateral measures would undermine this," the Commission said.

 

"We therefore call on the U.S. Congress/authorities to engage with the partners, including the EU, to ensure coordination and to avoid any unintended consequences of the measures discussed."

Furthermore, Germany has already warned of "possible retaliation" if the United States moves to sanction German firms involved with building a new Baltic pipeline for Russian gas. EU diplomats are concerned that a German-U.S. 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.

The proposed restrictions against Moscow are part of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, aimed not only at Tehran, but also North Korea. Passed by the Senate last month, the measures seek to impose new economic measures on sectors of Russia’s economy. Among the new anti-Russia proposals, the legislation aims to introduce individual sanctions for investing in Russian pipeline project. It also outlines steps to hamper construction of Russia’s Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and is the reason why America's European allies are on edge, worried they may be penalized for continuing a project in which they have already invested hundreds of millions.

The House is set to vote on the proposed legislation Tuesday, Brussels has already registered its unease even before the bill hits Donald Trump’s desk, urging Washington to consider European interests, especially in the energy sector. Noting that “the Russia/Iran sanctions bill is driven primarily by domestic considerations,” the European Commission has asked its American partners to coordinate measures against Russia with Europe and the rest of the G7.  

One month ago, we reported that Austria and Germany 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. They also 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."  At the time, the foreign minister of Austria and Germany, Kern and Gabriel, 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.

Fast forward to today, when Reuters quoted the European Commission saying that “as we have said repeatedly, it is important that any possible new measures are coordinated between international partners to maintain unity among partners on the sanctions." It added that “we are concerned the measures discussed in the US Congress could have unintended consequences, not only when it comes to Transatlantic/G7 unity, but also on EU economic and energy security interests."

“This impact could be potentially wide and indiscriminate,” the Commission warned. “We therefore call on the US Congress/authorities to engage with the partners, including the EU, to ensure coordination and to avoid any unintended consequences of the measures discussed.

Addressing the proposed bill, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow takes an “extremely negative” view of the new developments. President Vladimir Putin earlier cautioned that any new sanctions against Russia will only make US-Russian relations worse.

But it wasn't just Russia and Europe eager to warn the US that any ongoing attempts to trap Trump into perpetuating the Deep State's Russian policies would backfire: ahead of Congress clearing all potential hurdles for the bill, a number of American multinationals – including ExxonMobil, General Electric and Boeing, as well as MasterCard and Visa – raised concerns that the punitive measures will ultimately harm their interests, rather than that of the Kremlin.

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Atomic Punk's picture

FROZENNUTZ, YOU'RE A LOSER!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

Erek's picture

U.S. Congress:

Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

EU "Sounds Alarm" Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation

My response: If an HONEST poll was taken, I believe a majority of Americas have absolutely no idea what our legislators even did regarding Russia. In addition, most Americans would ask the question: "Now tell me why we put sanctions on Russia again?"

Yes indeed the phrase "Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups" is very true.

robertsgt40's picture

Oh, what a tangled web we weave....

philipat's picture

When will Europe grow and pair and just tell the US to fuck off?

Twee Surgeon's picture

Merkel is a Commie, Most of them are Commies, Capiche ? Do not be expecting anything rational any time soon. It ain't happening.

bionicknees's picture

What happens if the President just doesn't sign or veto the bill. What if he just let it lay there on his desk?

moneybots's picture

"What happens if the President just doesn't sign or veto the bill."

 

Congress will melt like a university snowflake?

bonin006's picture

Don't know about bills at the federal level, but I heard that at some lower (state, local) levels, bills automatically become law after some period opf time like 2 weeks, if they are not vetoed.

JohninMK's picture

Doesn't a 2/3 majority overide a President's veto?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Isn't the Constitution, like, more than a hundred years old?   Who knows what they meant with all that?   Slave bothering crackers.  

Twee Surgeon's picture

Only in the Real world, a thing of the past.

Creative_Destruct's picture

AHHH!  I love the smell of cognitive dissonance in the morning!

Smells like…. :

“…the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russia, adding that "unilateral measures" by the US could undermine transatlantic unity.”

“EU diplomats are concerned that a German-U.S. 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.”

 

Gonna diversify AWAY by getting that pipeline built and becoming MORE dependent…


Conscious Reviver's picture

Gone here too,  Howdy. What was it?

MalteseFalcon's picture

I thought Merkel was now "the leader of the free worldTM"?

Why is Germany going "soft on RussiaTM"?

Can we get Mueller to investigate Merkel, too?

Teja's picture

Well, that should be irritating to those Merkel bashers who are pro Putin. Should they now be thankful to Merkel? Outch.

In reality, this is all about the flow of money. Too much money earned by Germany through trade with Russia. Merkels predecessor Schroeder was bought outright by the Russians - got a top job at a Gasprom subsidiary after he was voted out of office.

 

king leon's picture

Germany are dependent on Russia for 44 % of it's trade + trade with Russia keep 360.000 Germans in jobs.

Rubicon727's picture

"Germany are dependent on Russia for 44 % of it's trade + trade with Russia keep 360.000 Germans in jobs."

Source, please.

The major point being is Germany. Its trade has grown enormously in the last several years. They have no intentions of backing away from a better trade with Russia to suit American hegemony. It is sensed that in the future Germany could become a real source of wrathe by US interests. 

 

 

Creative_Destruct's picture

According to this source:

https://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/germany/tradestats

Russia is not in the top 10 of Germany's export or import partners as of this 2015 data.

 

 

adonisdemilo's picture

@Erek

" large group of stupid people" is not the entire story.

The "large groups" are being manipulated by a nefarious bunch of psychopaths and we all know who they are. It's a shame that the "stupid people" are SO stupid that they don't, won't or can't see this

new game's picture

The "large groups" are being manipulated by a nefarious bunch of psychopaths and we all know who they are. It's a shame that the "stupid people" are SO stupid that they don't, won't or can't see this.

Exactly why this group act with impunity...

so few, hardly a voice, labeled as fringe, but post as we do.

driven by hope.

skip to my (water) lo.

and don't forget the rope...

flash338's picture

It's stupidity with a thick layer of indifference on top. Bring up any red pill topic with someone and you may as well be talking to a cow chewing grass. Then they will turn the conversation to the 2 hundred dollars they have left on there Kohls card and what they are going to spend it on.

crossroaddemon's picture

Brutal honesty? On some intuitive level they get what you don't: that there is fuck-all we can do about it. My attitude is play with my kids, pick guitar, and grab as much pussy as I can talk into a horizontal position because what we can do to fix anything is exactly dick. The deep state is undefeatable at this moment in history, and neither me or you or Donld Trump can stop it or even slow it down.

BlueGreen's picture

That is exactly how your supposed to feel.  Don't worry they use lube sometimes......when they want too, and it's convenient, and to keep you from squirming

shovelhead's picture

I'm so helpless...Fuck me harder.

I had a girlfriend like that...She got boring.

Just like him.

crossroaddemon's picture

OK... what do you propose? If you think there's even the slightest hope in politics excuse me while I laugh in your face. 

cheech_wizard's picture

Shouldn't you be out grabbing some pussy rather than posting on ZH?

 

crossroaddemon's picture

Pussy still sleeping. I'm stuck in a hotel room with sleeping pussy and nothing to do...

BetterRalph's picture

Go Download the Silkway 10 GB file and crowdsource the truth

Conscious Reviver's picture

crd - I'm looking to a global money system reform that is going to be a big loss for the Banksters and a win for most of us. It looks to me like China and Russia realize the immense and unhealthy power that comes with printing the GRC and they are as quietly and calmly as possible putting an end to it.

 

Killdo's picture

they have been brainwashed early to act against their own best interest (i.e. god /celebrites/saints etc ... is everything you are nothing and other totalitarian BS leading to Stockholm Syndrome). Continuously repeated over the loudest megaphone

veritas semper vinces's picture

They are trying to stop the construction of North stream II to Germany and have sanctioned the 8 componies financing it(2 Germans,1 French,2 Dutch,1Italian,and I forget the others).

they think they can force Europe to buy their LNG.

This bill,like the sanctions against Iran,WHO COMPLIED with the nuclear treaty,as opposed to Jewmerica ,WHO DID NOT,are pure BS.

The President IS GOING TO SIGN IT. At the G20 meeting,the Donald was trying to make all the EU countries to stop doing business with Iran.

Diatom's picture

Fuck ExxonMobil, GE,Boeing, Visa and Mastercard!

In fact fuck every murikan corporation!

DocBerg's picture

Aren't sanctions an Act of War in International Law?

The central planners's picture

Judging by Merker's latest political action and her face make me think she has testicules..

Erek's picture

That tired old hag is just trying to make some points because it's election time in September.

BlindMonkey's picture

Want to hit the US where it hurts?  

 

I would love to see Germany publicly say they are not going to participate in FATCA.  

JRobby's picture

Never underestimate the level of corporate ownership / deep state influence on "the legislature".

crazzziecanuck's picture

US Congress to Vassal States: "You will do as you are told."

soyungato's picture

And they will get re-elected again and again so who are the stupid ones ? The American voters !

chiswickcat's picture

"Fuck Europe" - Victoria Nuland.

WVO Biker's picture

According to a Russia linked web site the Nightwolves Motorcycle Club are among the targets of US sanctions against Russian companies, individuals and organizations.

LOL

peter4805's picture

The vassals are getting uppity.

scraping_by's picture

A useful side effect. Let the poodles know who's the cowboy in this here ranch. Let them know they're wogs and we're white. Let them know we're the lion and they're the grass. It's a glorious thing to be a Deep State operative.

silvermail's picture

Some very stupid people in the EU began to understand that the US sanctions are in fact sanctions against Europe, but not against Russia.

VIS MAIOR's picture

best comment and true . comment of the year!  hope zero will write more about this ..

al people who hate russia are from england/ireland and  invade to usa in last centuries .. Mccain.. lindsay.. its all irish shit hate to russia !! .. a if eu cut off ireland that tax free benefits .like for apple and other.. ireland become second hunger in history . and i want this !