EU leaders furious after US votes new sanctions against Russia
Europeans are furious after the US House of Representatives approved by a 419-3 vote a new version of a bill on Tuesday that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, as well as limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow.
Published: July 27, 2017, 10:43 am
The measures targeting Russia’s defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries, and restricting dealings with Russian banks and energy companies, has caused outrage in Europe.
EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement reported by Reuters: “If our concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days. ‘America First’ cannot mean that Europe’s interests come last.”
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he considers the possible new US sanctions against Russia inadmissible. “I consider the US sanctions against Russia absolutely unacceptable. Political interests should not be mixed up with the economical ones, to the detriment of employment in the European Union,” Kern wrote on his Facebook page.
The Austrian leader had voiced his opposition earlier, on June 15, when Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel condemned the draft of new US sanctions, which, they said, were about “selling American liquefied natural gas and ending the supply of Russian natural gas to the European market”.
France’s foreign ministry on Wednesday blasted new US sanctions against Russia as being “at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach”.
Martin Schaefer, a German foreign ministry spokesman, said that the US wanted to stymie the Nordstream 2 pipeline so that American firms could sell their expensive shale gas in Europe. It would be “unacceptable for the United States to use … sanctions as an instrument to serve the interests of US industry,” he said.
Volker Treier, the head of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, voiced concerns on Wednesday that German firms could be adversely affected. “That would heavily affect the German economy was well,” Treier warned. He called on the European Commission to demand a clarification from Washington and prevent that new US sanctions against Russia applied to firms in different countries.
The new round of sanctions by Washington is “equally dreadful from the point of view of international law and international trade relations,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
“What is happening defies common sense. The authors and sponsors of this bill are taking a very serious step towards destroying any potential for normalising relations with Russia,” Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, told reporters.
Russia’s foreign ministry expects the bill to become law, which would prompt Moscow to retaliate, Ryabkov warned.
Paul Craig Roberts, columnist for FWM noted that “President Trump is under full-scale attack from the military/security complex, the US presstitute media, the Democratic Party, and from many Republicans, such as Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham and Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain simply because President Trump wants to reduce the dangerous tensions between the two major nuclear powers.
“What explains the total lack of concern for their own lives on the part of the populations in South Carolina and Arizona who send to the Senate and keep sending to the Senate two morons determined to provoke war between the US and Russia?”
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
Scheveningen The Dutch town of Scheveningen has become something of the epicenter of the chaos and violence in the Netherlands. Enforcement personnel have been beaten with batons, and on the pier, people are shot and stabbed. There have already been several deaths.
The latest judgment by the European Court of Justice (file number C-517/17 ), which was published on July 16, received little media attention. This decision calls into question the European asylum system.
Despite a long period of lock-down nearly all over the world, the speed of geopolitical processes have not slowed down, nor have the attempts to reflect and analyze them through documentaries and movies based on true stories.
WarsawEven if the political debate over The Istanbul Convention is also a uniquely Polish debate about the conservative orientation of the country's domestic politics, the criticism against this Convention is more than justified.
BordeauxAfter he was attacked and stripped of his belongings by an organised gang, a Bordeaux journalist gave a distraught view of his city, which he says he no longer recognizes. Residents report thefts and violent attacks on a daily basis. The mayor is worried about a "climate emergency" however.
BörlangeThe Somali taxi driver in the Swedish town of Borlänge who ran down a group of pedestrians recently, wanted to take revenge on his intended victim because the person had reported him for child molestation.
In May, the immigrant Bekim Dzelili was initially sentenced by the district court to 13 years in prison and deportation for life. He was found guilty of repeated aggravated child rape, the aggravated sexual abuse of a child, assault and unlawful threats. But the Swedish Court of Appeal has since reduced his prison sentence by one year and has canceled the deportation - the perpetrator may remain in Sweden because he has a "weak connection to his home country".
RomeImages of an illegal migrant landing that took place on 28 July on the most popular beach among shocked tourists and holiday makers, was broadcast by Italian CorriereTV. But the government is instead concerned about the politician who had tried to stop these illegal landings.
Sweden used to be a 'model society'. But no more.
MunichThe two large churches in Germany have drawn a positive interim assessment of the 2015 wave of migrants. Around half of those who came at the time are being trained or have jobs today, said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.