Readers of Spiegel urged the U.S. not to touch Nord Stream 2

The readers of the German magazine Der Spiegel reacted to the blocking by the representatives of the Republican Party in the US Senate of the draft defense budget for the next fiscal year. In particular, the initiative touched upon the introduction of additional sanctions against North Stream-2.

Web users called on Americans “not to stick their noses into other people’s business”. According to a commenter nicknamed MrSpock, European and energy policy should not concern the United States, because “this is the business of the Federal Republic of Germany.

“Every day this military budget doesn’t pass, the Americans don’t buy new weapons. Who would have thought that Nord Stream 2 could make such a minimal contribution to arms reduction,” noted another user.

At the same time, some readers drew attention to the great influence of the Russian pipeline project. For example, commenters recalled the “transatlantic friendship” between Germany and the United States that the U.S. side talks about. However, as a reader under the nickname Hingucker pointed out, this notion is no longer meant as a “good attitude” nowadays, as it is about interests.

“Sanctions against alleged allies (Germany/Europe)? You don’t need enemies with such friends!” – Sebastian-K concluded.

On the previous day, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky stressed that Russia sees no problem in the outrage of U.S. congressmen over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, because, according to him, the U.S. legislature has nothing to do with the project.

On November 28, according to the Axios portal, the German government urged the U.S. Congress not to impose sanctions against NSP2 because restrictions could weaken confidence in the United States. It was noted that Germany was “determined to successfully implement” the July 21 bilateral agreements which, among other things, were aimed at “deterring Russia from misusing the pipeline for aggressive political purposes”.

The next day spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, Christopher Burger, said Berlin rejects sanctions among its allies. Thus, he commented on the U.S. measures against Nord Stream-2.

Prior to that, November 23, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Cyprus-based company Transadria and the ship Marlin, associated with the “Nord Stream – 2. At the same time, the U.S. agency specified that the sanctions were imposed on the basis of the law “On Protection of Energy Security in Europe” of 2019.