Berlin Calls For "Countermeasures" To US Sanctions Against Russia, Hints At Trade War

Tyler Durden's picture

While the Pentagon may be already contemplating its next steps in the escalating conflict with Russia, which as the WSJ reported will likely involve supplying Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry - a red line for the Kremlin not even the Obama administration dared to cross - there is minor matter of what to do with a suddenly furious Europe, which as we discussed  previously, has vowed it would retaliate promptly after Trump signed the anti-Russia legislation into law, due to allegations it was just a veiled attempt at favoritism for US-based energy companies.

And, sure enough, on Monday, the Germany economy minister said that tew penalties against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures.

Speaking to Funke Mediengruppe newspaper, Brigitte Zypries said that "we consider this as being against international law, plain and simple." She added that "of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures."

She also said that “the Americans can not punish German companies because they operate economically in another country."

Well, that's not what the US Congress thinks.

What makes the latest anti-Russia sanctions unique, is that the bill, which passed both the House and Senate but has yet to be signed by Trump, marked the first time Washington has made a move against Moscow without European consent.

Furthermore, the reason for Europe's anger is that contrary to its stated intention of punishing Russia for "meddling in the presidential elections", the bill appears - according to Brussels - to target Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. The proposed expansion would double the existing pipeline's capacity and make Germany EU's main energy hub, and even more reliant on Russia.

In addition to targeting major sectors of Russia’s economy, including defense, railway, and banking industries the bill seeks to introduce individual sanctions for contributing in Russian energy projects, which will likely adversely impact numerous European companies.

Previously, the latest round of sanctions has been criticized by various officials in Europe, including Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Critics of the US government argue the sanctions could affect European energy security and serve Washington’s economic interests - in line with the "America First" policy of President Trump.

Just what shape the European retaliation could take has yet to be determined, although last week Politico reported that options on the table include triggering the ‘Blocking Statute,’ an EU regulation that limits the enforcement of extraterritorial US laws in Europe. A number of “WTO-compliant retaliatory measures” are also being considered.

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khnum's picture

So these sanctions imply Russia cant sell oil and gas...can you say Japan 1941

Jim Sampson's picture

Cut the Juice, Vlad! Watch them all die!

khnum's picture

If you punish Russian oil and gas you also punish Exxon who want back in,wonder what Tillersons take on this is.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

fortunately for the USA

1) Germany is a vassal of the occupation forces (USA + UK)...

2) Germany owns the EU...

3) and NATO is always under command of a US Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)...

so this is all a CHARADE for EuroPeon voters...

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

ALL acording to plan...nothing to see here, it is just a plan to turn europe into a future race of mongrel Jew-worshippers...

check also:
-KALERGI plan (miscegenation into low IQ brown mongrels) / also Hooton plan
-George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan
-ESI Merkel Plan Compassion and Control
-Kalergi/ Charlemagne Prize BEARERS list
-Soros professional rapefugee smuggler operation

-Barbara divörsity™ Lerner Spectre
"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." ~ Barbara Lerner Spectre

"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit...
The man of the future will be a mongrel.  Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian–Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."Practical Idealism - by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

lasvegaspersona's picture

I THINK VLAD WANTS GOOD BUSINESS. Killing off your customers is something only a US Congress would consider.

The US likes to give orders but does not want to pay any real price.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Major economic "sanctions" can amount to a blockade which can be considered an act of war.

Matteo S.'s picture

No. In 1940-41, Japan needed to buy oil and other raw materials, not to sell them.

But what will be funny will be the backlash when the EU and the BRICS will take countermeasures at the US and expose the US as the rogue State of the planet it has been for more than half a century.

khnum's picture

True I should of mentioned that the commonality though is ridiculous sanctions that are forcing Russia into a corner is similar to what happened to Japan

Koba the Dread's picture

Your analogy is frail at best. Amazed you spent a second post trying to defend it.

khnum's picture

Im no expert but at least you begged to differ politely,thats getting pretty rare out there with the left vs right mania,

Ayreos's picture

It's not. Russia needs to trade. Japan needed to trade. In both cases such trade is vital to the sanctioned country. The difference is in the entity of the emergency. Japan could not trade with China, Russia can and does. And if the Russian state of emergency reaches Japan's level their version of Perl Harbor will involve considerably more than a few sunken ships.

 I think the key point is that the Russians will strike back when THEY feel threatened, just like Japan did, not when WE in the west decide it is appropriate for them to do so, so the analogy is more valid than it might sound.

junction's picture

The U.S. Congress, bought and paid for by the stinkin' Rothschilds.  Nothing will change until Trump starts seizing these Senators and Representatives hidden Reno trust accounts.  Followed by their indictments for tax evasion. Start with Chuckie Schumer.

khnum's picture

In my country no one with dual citizenship or who swears allegience to another country can hold office...theres half your problem AIPAC

SoDamnMad's picture

They have to kill Russian gas supplies to Europe for ... ding, ding, ding, you guessed it, DA JOOS

"Three Mediterranean EU countries and Israel agreed on Monday to continue pursuing the development of a gas pipeline project that could link gas fields offshore Israel to Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and potentially help the EU to diversify supplies away from Russia.

The energy ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Italy and Greece agreed to initiate discussions on an intergovernmental accordance on the EastMed Pipeline, Cypriot Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Georgios Lakkotrypis tweeted on Monday after meeting with his counterparts in Israel.

The pipeline could be completed in 2025, but the parties will try to speed up the project, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said after the meeting, as quoted by Reuters....."

Archibald Buttle's picture

what a coincedence! there happens to be another source of gas besides expensive LNG from the US? and just in time to help out cyprus, greece and italy. at least the gas pipelines will be a sort of after the fact lube to help salve the effects of the bankster rapings.

Gonzogal's picture

That definately puts Israhell on a crash course with the US's interest in selling THEIR LNG to the EU...what an interesting conundrum...wonder what the US will do vs this new is my guess

shining one's picture

Can't believe people still think Trump is not owned by the Roths as well. First trade wars then real wars, look at history.

World Cash Day's picture

True. But it's worth hoping isn't it?

Trump's signature on this Russian Sanctions bill and handcuffing of his own Presidency will prove it though.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Even my brother's German father in law admits Mercedes autos are now pieces of shit. But Ukraine is Europe's problem. We promised Russia we would not expand NATO to their borders. The US needs to keep our promises and stop invading the world.

Matteo S.'s picture

Ukraine was not a problem before the US neocons turned it into a problem.

Matteo S.'s picture

Ukraine was not a problem before the US neocons turned it into a problem.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Russia would have taken Crimea in any event. We did not goad them into it. We tried to prevent it by causing a bigger problem.

Koba the Dread's picture

"The US needs to keep our [sic] promises and stop invading the world." Wow! Wish I'd though of that plan. You think it would work? You do? How do you think the US [us] can make it so? (Please limit your reply to ten thousand pages or less.)

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"How do you think the US [us] can make it so? (Please limit your reply to ten thousand pages or less.)"

Actually, its pretty simple. You pull the plug on the CIA and DHS, repeal citizens united and the patriot act, defund the Pentagon to 200B, bring the troops back home and use the excess 500B to develop our society as a state which actually produces something other than weaponry and war.

 Congress gets same health care plan as the rest of us. 

Term limits

Lessig's campaign finance revolution to get money out of politcs

Bring the troops home, bring the companies and the work home.

The amount of money we would save by bringing the troops home, might not only save us economically, the world would say hallelueyah

The question really is what kind of work do we want to do? Do we really want to get into making things again?

shining one's picture

Can't believe you missed the most important one. End the Fed.

geno's picture

When the US pulls out, you have a world potentially ran by China. Let that sink in for a moment.. Then they become the next bully. Which bully would be better?

geno's picture

When the US pulls out, you have a world potentially ran by China. Let that sink in for a moment.. Then they become the next bully. Which bully would be better?

geno's picture

When the US pulls out, you have a world potentially ran by China. Let that sink in for a moment.. Then they become the next bully. Which bully would be better?

MuffDiver69's picture

Let me beat this rented internet mule again..The 'meddling' showed Crooked literaly rigged the DNC through DWS to thwart Bernie....The phishing attack showed among other things Podesta and the entire campaign was coordinated with Fake News the entire election cycle..It even conveniently gave us the reporters names...What the fuck am I missing..All of this was the truth and everyone knew it,,,They were giving Crooked all the debate questions, including the debates against Trump...Fuck all of this ...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Maybe this generation of Germans is finally finding out the truth of what America in post-WWII Germany was really like ( and finally want some well deserved revenge by kicking Americaner ass out of their Country with Jihadi's the U.S. Britain and Mossad trained that is making it's Country unstable and very insecure?...

Or perhaps the fact that it's been an occuping force for more than 72 years and needs to GET THE FUCK OUT OF IT'S COUNTRY NOW!!


It's about fucking time!!!

Gonzogal's picture

According to the "deal" made with Germany after WWll, Germany gave over its sovereignty to the US until 2099.

"At the European Banking Congress in November 2011, German Minister of Finance, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble spoke frankly about German sovereignty, saying that the concept of national sovereignty as enshrined in international law has been drive to absurdity in Europe.

Schäuble added“In Germany, at no time since the 8th of May 1945, have we been fully sovereign”.

Enemy State Clause. One of the most serious worms in the can is the fact that the UN Charter still designates Germany as an enemy state, thus giving any UN member state the right to wage preemptive war against Germany on the basis of a perceived threat.

Letter of Submission to Washington. Blackmail about German Unity. Former German Secretary of State Egon Bahr, who served under the administration of Chancellor Willi Brandt writes about another worm in the can in his memoir.

Bahr wrote that Washington pressured Brandt into signing a “letter of submission” to Washington. Unless Chancellor Brandt would sign the letter of submission, wrote Bahr, quoting Brandt, Washington would throw a spanner into the development of inner-German relations. Many German historians agree that this letter still exists and that it still has validity with regards to German sovereignty and U.S.-German relations.

2+4 Contract Not a Peace Treaty. There are many more worms in that can. One of them is that Germany still has no peace treaty. Because nobody wants to open that can of worms, both German, U.S., British, Polish and other diplomats and MPs are doing all they can do to convince themselves, the media and the public that the so-called 2+4 Contract “substitutes” a peace treaty. Military historian Peter Feist commented that “if” the 2+4 Contract had the function of a peace treaty, “then” the words peace treaty would be written on its front page, or at least somewhere in the document. The fact is, Germany and Poland have no peace treaty and as long as they haven’t signed one, WWII legally still continues.

No German Constitution, No Human Rights. Another worm is that Germany is not governed constitutionally. Germany has a basic law, which was to a large extend dictated by the victors of WWII. The basic law states that it shall be valid until the German people, freely organize themselves to adopt a constitution. Until that happens, which only will be allowed to happen after a “peace treaty”, Gemany remains under foreign control, politically, economically, financially, and militarily.

So far, this process has been prevented by Washington and by German MPs who don’t dare to open the can of worms. Making matters worse is that the basic law lost the area on which it was valid when it was amended in concert with the signing of the 2+4 treaty.

The matter of fact is that the Federal Government and the basic law, according to the founding fathers of the basic law are instruments of a modality of a foreign regime. The sobering matter of fact is that Germany, today, still is under the control and governance of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Command.

What is sobering for Merkel and German MPs is that a growing number of Germans are waking up to the fact that they have no constitution, no human rights, and a beholden government that represents foreign interests, whether it wants to or not."

Read the full article here: ...starts about mid-page.


Rebelrebel7's picture

Well thank you Angela Merkel! Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

Rebelrebel7's picture

We have hundreds of lawyers in the House and the Senate, as well as judges  who believe that they are exempt from and above the law. They will be in for the shock of their lives!

Koba the Dread's picture

They are exempt from and above the law. What makes you think they're not?  Do you see Bill Clingon, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Hilary or Debbie Whatshersuff chained to a wall somewhere? No? Me neither! Once you have completely internalized that they are exempt from and are above the law, maybe you'll get mad, really mad and not make inane assertions that are contrary to fact.

Archibald Buttle's picture

her name is debbie was-a-man schultz. respect her authoritah.

Gen. Ripper's picture

Fuck that Stasi - she's a muslim loving lesbo commie

cookies anyone's picture

shit, I read that as: 'even a broken cock is right twice a day' and whats more in context with merkel sounded right... ugh

lasvegaspersona's picture

Brigitte has balls? Maybe she has Merkle's....

Dun_Dulind's picture

The Krauts don't want the Russian's having a reunion in Berlin on America's dime.

apoplectic query's picture

Britain will be the only ally we have left over there in a few years.

Thoresen's picture

'Britain will be the only ally we have left over there in a few years.'
Maybe, but at some point Theresa May may find that doing the Brexit deal forces other compromises on Britain. Could the UK be forced to speak out against this US folly? I hope so.

HowdyDoody's picture

Perfidious Albion an ally? That sounds about right.


Blanco Diablo's picture

Britain is lost to the Muzzie Blitz!

Ms No's picture

This is probably just more dog and pony show and also an indicator that the German people are getting closer to real rebellion.  This will shudder more of Germany's economy.  Now they have to make the last of the job providers think that their government fights for them as opposed to globalism, which is false.  They will lose the battle just like the Republicans always lose to one vote in the feigned fights that don't exist.

Ms No's picture

Have the not figured out what the EU was all about yet?  You decide nothing serfs.

bunkers's picture

America makes very little. The things we want are, all, made in another country. Sooner or later, that thing you need will be unattainable because of sanctions. If it's made overseas, maybe you should buy it now

chosen's picture

Germany lost WWII.  As a consequence, Germany is an occupied country, occupied by many US military bases.   These bases helped keep the USSR out of West Germany during the Cold War.  The Germans have little to complain about.  If they continue to bitch and moan,  perhaps we should demand that Germany refund all of our Marshall Plan aid, along with the cost of keeping our military in Germany since 1945, plus interest of course.   This might bankrupt Germany.