European countries Austria and Germany expressed their sharp criticism of the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow. This would affect the European business that is involved in piping in Russian natural gas.
Earlier this week the United States Senate voted to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals sighting the involvement in the 2016 US election campaign and towards Russia’s aggressive approach in Syria and Ukraine affairs. If passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by Trump, it would put into law sanctions previously established via former President Barack Obama’s executive orders, including some on Russian energy projects.
The representatives of Austria and Germany have said they can’t accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies.
The legislation sets up a review process that would require Trump to get Congress’ approval before taking any action to ease, suspend or lift any sanctions on Russia.
Putin dismissed the proposed sanctions, saying they reflected an internal political struggle in the United States, and that Washington’s policy of imposing sanctions on Moscow had always been to try to contain Russia.
As per the Whitehouse the existing sanction against Russia are still effective.