Germany: “US Sanctions on Russia Violates International Law”
On Thursday, the US Senate approved a sanctions bill against Russia that would ban President Donald Trump from ending or easing sanctions without congressional approval. The bill will enter into force after Trump’s signature. The new bill passed by both houses of the US Congress, which has been publicly approved although not yet signed into law by President Donald Trump, would entail sanctions for German and European firms which cooperate with Russian entities
German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries has criticized US sanctions’ plans against Russia, threatening the United States to take countermeasures.
In a press release Monday, Zypries expressed belief that these sanctions violate the international law and that the Americans should not punish German companies for their business activity in another country, referring to Russia. She stated that the measures “were quite simply contrary to international law. The Americans cannot punish German firms because they are conducting business in another country,”
She stressed that Berlin is trying to ensure that the United States not moved away from ‘the joint sanctions’, adding that the EU plans to impose retaliatory measures against Washington she believes is right, but hopes that they will not lead to a trade war. “We do not want a trade war, of course. That is why we have repeatedly and on different levels insisted that the Americans do not abandon the policy of common [anti-Russia] sanctions… [Since they did] it is therefore the right thing to do for the EU Commission to look into countermeasures,” the minister added.
German business representatives have raised concerns that their interests could be harmed as a consequence, in regards to long-standing cooperation on European energy supply with Russian organisations.