Berlin Assured That Its Position On The Nord Stream 2 Would Not Change Due To The Threat Of Sanctions
Berlin took note of us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo's statements on new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, but the German position on this issue remains unchanged. This was reported to Interfax on Thursday by a representative of the Press and Information Department of the German government.
The day before, Pompeo told a briefing that the US had decided to impose additional restrictive measures on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. However, he did not specify when this might happen. Pompeo explained that these are measures provided for by the CAATSA law (the Law "on countering America's adversaries through sanctions"). They will affect Nord Stream 2 and part of the Turkish Stream project.
However, the US State Department clarified that the extension of several provisions from the CAATSA law to Nord Stream 2 does not mean the immediate imposition of sanctions.
"The State Department does not impose sanctions under section 232 of CAATSA at this stage. However, if in the future we determine that there is a need for restrictive measures following this section, we will not hesitate to introduce them," the US Foreign Ministry said in a statement.