The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, opposed the US plans to expand extraterritorial sanctions on a number of projects, including Nord Stream 2. This was reported by the press service of the European Foreign Ministry.
“I am deeply concerned at the growing use of sanctions, or the threat of sanctions, by the United States against European companies and interests. We have witnessed this developing trend in the cases of Iran, Cuba, the International Criminal Court and most recently the Nordstream 2 and Turkstream projects.," Borrell said.
He stressed that the European Union opposes the application of sanctions by third countries against European companies doing legitimate business. In addition, the head of European diplomacy believes that the extraterritorial application of sanctions is contrary to international law. He noted that European policy should be determined by Europe and not by third countries.
Earlier, on July 13, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany's position regarding the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remains unchanged - the project must be completed.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the participants of the Nord Stream 2 project about the possibility of applying the law "On Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions" of 2017 against them.
It also became known that the Republicans and Democrats of the US Congress have prepared legislation against the final completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2, which implies the imposition of sanctions against companies that are involved not only in laying the pipeline, but also in insurance and underwriting services associated with the project.