Germany Urges EU Countermeasures Against US Over Russia Sanctions

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany Urges EU Countermeasures Against US Over Russia Sanctions

Berlin announced that the new sanctions proposed by US lawmakers against Russia are in breach of international law, asking the European Union to take countermeasures against the bans, which could also affect European businesses.

Brigitte Zypries, the German economy minister, told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper on Monday that Berlin considers the new anti-Russia bans approved by US Congressmen “as being against international law plain and simple.”

German leaders and businessmen have expressed concerns that the new US measures could prevent German companies from working on pipeline projects deemed essential to the country’s energy security.

The economy minister further said “it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures,” adding, however, that the EU should refrain from a “trade war” with the US.

Earlier, the European Commission had warned the US that imposing fresh sanctions against Russia without the consent of the top world leaders could have “unintended consequences.”

In this regard, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned in an interview with The Financial Times that “the measures could impact a potentially large number of European companies doing legitimate business under EU measures with Russian entities in the railways, financial, shipping or mining sectors, among others.”

Juncker said Brussels was preparing to take counter-measures against the anti-Russia draft law “within days.”

US lawmakers proposed a raft of sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimean Peninsula with the Russian Federation.

The US and its European allies accuse Moscow of having a role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and view Crimea’s reunion with Russia as “annexation” of the territory. The Kremlin has strongly rejected the claims.

In December, the then US president, Barack Obama, broadened the sanctions over allegations of Russia meddling to change the course of the presidential race in favor of Donald Trump.

The latest sanctions are an extension of the previous ones. Russia has vowed reciprocation.

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13 Responses to "Germany Urges EU Countermeasures Against US Over Russia Sanctions"

  1. MConcernedCitizen  August 3, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Theatre for Sheeple

  2. Edward Dodge  August 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Congress creatures are traitorous swine! They would take the people of the US (and the rest of the world) to the brink of world thermonuclear war in order to please their Zio masters. This whole episode is despicable. The US deserves every pestilence coming to it.

  3. Detlef Reimers  August 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Our mostly well informed special blogs” here in Eurasia favor quite another analysis which do not overemphasise the “lunatic asylum”, called US Senate. They strictly observe – long time – in which direction now 95% transatlatic politics in the EU will be driven by outer circumstances and decisions, not by their own slave mentatility. They will moan and suffer, they will boost out new “conter measures” and first do nothing, because the Atlanticists agenda tells them so, but the coming events will push them only in one strong direction – to Eurasia, away from US/UK.

    The rubel – yen shuffle will be intensified, without any chance for US/UK meddling, because all papers all already underwritten.

    Who pushed this forceful development? Are US interests always against all other interests? Is this coming to an end now?

  4. wjabbe  July 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    The U.S. is run by the arrogant, ignorant “ME” generation which cares about three people, me, myself and I, and what is in it for them, how much extra money they can get by whoring for Israel. This is all they live for. Law, they never heard of that word because no one on the planet enforces it on them or has enforced it on Adolf in NY during his life so far even though he lied even in federal court under oath as documented by the late Wayne Barrett, top investigative journalist there. Congress will do anything for MONEY. They and their selfish attitude are why America has been hi jacked by Israel.

  5. Cold Wind  July 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Germany ought to lead the response to US idiot sanctions against Russia and Iran, both critical trade partners with Germany, by closing US military bases in Germany and ending the US occupation of that nation. Radically, scaling down its participation in NATO is an appropriate measure too.The new sanctions pose an existential crisis for Germany. Germany has to make it clear it will break with the US over these sanctions. Unfortunately, most of us will admit, the current and pathetic German Leadership is not to the task of doing what is necessary.

  6. mylomorph  July 31, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    US the first two letters of the word USELESS.
    all they do is start wars with any one who cant fight back , they are so brave. they never won a war.ww2 was won by the RUSSIANS. VIETNAM well we all know what that was about. just ask HANOI JOHN Mc CAIN THE TRAITOR.
    now they want to USE EUROPE as a weapon against RUSSIA. as far as i am concerned they can rot in the hell THEY BUILT. they WONT /CANT beat RUSSIA ,CHINA.. YOU YANKS BETTER WAKE UP DONT FORGET THE DEEP UNDER GROUND RAT HOLES….FOR THE RICH.peace and justice for ALL. mylo

  7. Paedo hunter  July 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    the first decent thing to come out of the mouth of EU……meanwhile they still talk of Russian aggression against Baltic states……shows how ‘muxed ip’ those eurocrats are……must be side effects from CERN

    • reinhart  August 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Paleo -I think it was Pence, clamoring about non-existent, illogical “Russian aggressive notions” against
      so called Baltic countries! I think he should get together with that another feeble minded embarrassment
      Haley to start up ” Our fairy tales”. Could Pence explain why would Russians want to get to fast
      disappearing impoverished Latvia or Lithuania or Estonia?

  8. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

    German, EU & Russian countermeasures against U.S. (esp. if Dollar Dumped) will show the complete incompetence of Trump to almost all in the U.S.+ – like nothing that came before this.

    Russia has begun to respond to old US-Russia sanctions, to Obama’s illegal confiscation of 2 Russia-owned properties in NY & MD and to the new U.S.-Russia sanctions bill that Congress passed with veto-proof super-majorities and which Trump is expected to sign.

    Russia is asking for a reduction of 755 U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. However, this is only the tip of a large iceberg. See “Moscow Strikes Back: US Sanctions Push Russia Closer to Dumping the Dollar” with Russian Deputy FM Sergey Rybakov at

    Regardless of the current Trump-Russia brouhaha, Trump should VETO the bill and do a deal with Putin & Russia (and EU) to pull U.S.+ back from the brink of WW3 (which Russia & EU also want to avoid). If it’s good deal for America & Americans, then Congress will NOT override Trump’s veto.

    A ‘good deal’ would include: 1) Rescinding ALL sanctions & confiscations in exchange for Russia ‘coming clean’ on what Russia knows about Kosher Nostra election skewing & rigging AND on Russian Mafiya ‘money laundering’ etc. with Trump & Co.; 2) U.S. cooperation with Russia to eliminate ALL Mideast terrorists; 3) A joint U.S.-Russia guarantee of national security for ALL Mideast countries. Etc. What else?

  9. brabantian  July 31, 2017 at 7:55 am

    And of course right after this warning of counter-measures by the EU … the corrupt US-Israeli intel outfit masquerading as ‘Wikileaks’, has just ‘leaked’ 72 thousand e-mails from France’s President Macron & his campaign, an intel hit on the EU to show who is boss

    All e-mails ‘verified’ per ‘not really living at the London Ecuador Embassy’ Julian Assange, whose childhood seems to be involved with a CIA-tied mind-control children’s home in Australia, ‘The Family’, where they dyed the colour of the kids’ hair blonde to make them look … a lot like Julian looks

    Wikileaks, Panama Leaks, always an NSA-supplied ‘leak’ to get revenge on people not doing what you want … Assange is ticked off at France in particular, because they refused to give faker Assange a more out-in-the-open ‘asylum’, after the French DGSE intelligence agency (CIA equivalent) learnt that Assange & Snowden were both hoaxes from US intel

    UK police extra busy shuttling Assange in & out from his ‘Embassy closet’ to the big country house of the Rothschild friend where he seems to actually live, where Julian has all those nice changes of clothing & grooming aids for his video ‘appearances’

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 31, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Brabantian: Good stuff. Thanks. Sourcing?

  10. Altimometer  July 31, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Russia is indeed hitting back in a similar vein as the humiliating way they were treated. The Administration deems Germany “bad” , is this just redirection.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      A: Yes. It’s all a rich man’s trick — especially Rotten-Child & Co.

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