January 11, 2019 / 9:44 AM / 4 months ago

German business group - Sanctioning Russian gas would be attack on European sovereignty

BERLIN (Reuters) - Sanctioning Russian gas would represent an attack on the sovereignty of Germany and Europe, the chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations said on Friday.

The U.S. has threatened, but not levied sanctions on companies involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Sanctions on the consumption of Russian gas have not been threatened.

“Sanctions against the use of Russian gas would be a violation of the sovereignty of Germany and Europe,” Wolfgang Buechele said, adding that if it came to this he would hope to see a political reaction from Berlin

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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