United States sanctions needed to overcome crisis in Ukraine - German Foreign Ministry

US President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg

US President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg

By signing the bill into law, Trump can not ease the sanctions against Russian Federation unless he seeks congressional approval. "I have been in touch with Rex Tillerson", he added.

But the sanctions bill represents the first time Washington has attempted to force its opposition to the pipeline on European allies through punitive measures.

German Minister for Economics Brigitte Zypries on Monday renewed her criticism of planned USA sanctions against Russian Federation, saying the measures "were quite simply contrary to worldwide law".

"We consider this as being against global law, plain and simple", German Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries said in an interview published by the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain on July 31.

The new package of measures against Russian Federation, passed in Congress last week and set to be signed into law by Trump, would allow the U.S.to impose sanctions on companies that worked on Russia's energy export pipelines. "But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures....the Americans can not punish German companies because they operate economically in another country." . "Anyway, the bill provides for consultations with us, Europeans, before this can happen", the minister noted.

"It remains the case that we will not accept an extraterritorial application of these U.S. sanctions against European companies", Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel on Friday.

Now this document titled "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" will be submitted to US President Donald Trump for his potential stamp of approval to become law.

Germany has hit back at the United States for new American sanctions on Russian Federation that target Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

EU business and political leaders fear it could hurt the construction of Nord Stream 2, a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline, and thus damage European economies.

She also said that "the Americans cannot punish German companies because they operate economically in another country".

Germany's Foreign Minister Gabriel has said Washington is promoting its own export interests in the guise of anti-Russian sanctions.

Last week, the US Senate approved a bill specifying tougher unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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