Nord Stream 2: the American threat of Sanctions hits Merkel's constituency

After the threat of Sanctions from the United States against the German Baltic port of Sassnitz-Mukran because of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is the call to

Nord Stream 2: the American threat of Sanctions hits Merkel's constituency

After the threat of Sanctions from the United States against the German Baltic port of Sassnitz-Mukran because of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is the call to action is always louder. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD), demanded that the Federal government, "that they are trying this Extortion, decided to confront". SPD-group managing Director Carsten Schneider said Germany should not allow itself to be "a vassal state" treat. The Green-foreign politician, Jürgen Trittin, called the threat an "economic Declaration of war".

A government spokesman said on Reuters request, but only to have taken the Letter of American senators to the port note. "The Federal government has repeatedly made it clear that they are opposed to unilateral, against German and European companies targeted extra-territorial sanctions, as they were from the United States imposed". Three American senators had threatened on Wednesday in a Letter to the port severe punitive measures: "The members of the management Board, senior employees and shareholders of port of Sassnitz GmbH shall be prohibited from entry into the United States, and any property or any Ownership that you have in our jurisdiction will be frozen."

a case is first publicly announced, in the sanctions directed against a German company. Very important: The ferry terminal is one of 90 percent of the town of Sassnitz and to 10 per cent of the Land of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Thus, the threat is also, indirectly, against a state government. Additional sensitivity obtained by the port of Sassnitz-Mukran on the island of Rügen in the constituency of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is located.

The port plays a Central role in the construction of the Nord Stream Baltic sea Pipeline 2, to from Russia coming in Lubmin am Greifswalder Bodden landing. In Sassnitz for the completion of the required steel pipes, which were encased in a factory in Mukran with concrete bearings. In addition, the pipe-laying ship of the Russian company Gazprom, the "Akademik Cerskij", which, together with the Russian ship "Fortuna" the Pipeline construction is there. In the city port of Sassnitz has made also have a residential ship for about 140 workers. It is believed that you have to do with the construction of the guest race.

It is a good 150 kilometers of the total of 2360 kilometers long, two strands of the Pipeline is still missing. The project is thus sent to 94 percent full. In December 2019, the construction work had been stopped in front of the Danish island of Bornholm abruptly, because the two Swiss-laying ships set because of the first sanction of wave of the United States their work. Now, the two Russian ships are to take. Approval from the Danish authorities since the beginning of the week. Still have not made the ships but on the way to Bornholm. The letter from the senators but could stand with the Danish authorisation in context.

The American President Donald Trump criticized Nord Stream 2 for years and accuses Germany, leave it to the military in front of Russia to protect, get Moscow, but at the same time, high revenues from gas exports. Critics accuse him of wanting the Pipeline, only to more American liquefied natural gas in Europe to sell. Trump had at the end of 2019, the first criminal action against certain companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2. The concerned but especially the Lay vessel. In mid-July, the American Secretary of state Mike Pompeo threatened with an expansion of sanctions under the CAATSA act ("Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions"), which could also meet with German companies. Since then, exerted by the American side of massive pressure on companies to withdraw from the project, which is supposed to be the beginning of 2021 completed.

Updated Date: 07 August 2020, 10:20

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