European Union sounds alarm, urges USA to coordinate on Russian Federation sanctions

European Union sounds alarm, urges USA to coordinate on Russian Federation sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman and European Union officials spoke on July 24, a day after the White House said that President Donald Trump is open to new legislation that would slap fresh sanctions on Russia and limit his ability to ease or lift them by himself.

The letter specifically noted the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that runs from Russian Federation to Germany could be affected by the sanctions that "would in reality be much wider", Politico reported.

The statement was released after Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress reached a deal which could result in further anti-Russia sanctions.

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Kushner, who was quizzed on Monday by Senate investigators on his contacts with Russians as part of an investigation into possible Kremlin meddling in last year's presidential election, said he had met Sergei Gorkov, the head of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, on December 13.

The new law would also prevent Trump, who is under a spotlight for alleged collusion with Russia, from deleting existing U.S. measures against Russian energy firms and banks without congressional permission.

The Reuters news agency said European Union diplomats would consider adding four Russian individuals and entities to a blacklist after it emerged that these had helped to smuggle electricity turbines sold by German firm Siemens to the Ukrainian peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

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The note, dated July 19, said, "The measures risk breaking the transatlantic and G7 unity" on handling Russia's occupation of Crimea, Ukraine.

Germany and Austria lashed out at the proposed sanctions in June, accusing the US of politicizing its economic interest in selling shipments of liquefied natural gas to Europe, which would compete with projects like Nord Stream 2 or the Southern Gas Corridor from the Caspian. It is expected Tuesday that most of the US Congress House will support this document.

Peskov said the Kremlin took "an extremely negative view" of the proposed new sanctions, calling the rhetoric surrounding them counter-productive and damaging to U.S. -Russia ties.

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Other energy projects, such as the Caspian Sea oil and gas pipelines, the Ukraine gas transit, and the Zohr field off the Egyptian coast, may also be affected due to the participation of Russian companies.

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