Murphy acknowledged that the sanctions policy of the U.S. President, Republican Donald trump is hurting German companies. “Our political system is in turmoil, that is bad for the relations between Germany and the USA”, — he said. And promised that if after three weeks the Democrats will win the election at least one house of Congress, this political system calms down a bit.
Murphy spoke about the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”, which will be laid under the Baltic sea from Russia to Germany. He recalled that, as US Ambassador in Germany, was always reminding his German interlocutors that the security interests of Berlin should diversify its energy imports. At the same time he called “very naive” statement trump that Germany energetically fully “depends”.
At the same time with Murphy about the anti-Russian sanctions has been the US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. In his speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington he was assured that Washington plans regularly to tighten unilateral sanctions against Russia related to conflict in the Donbass. “You will see the entry into force of additional sanctions every month or two or so,” he said (quoted by TASS). The diplomat said that in a similar way the US administration is working with European allies, which keep its sanctions in force. “I think for Russia it was a surprise,” said Walker.
Earlier, on 10 October, to toughen anti-Russian sanctions promised another Murphy — member of the foreign relations Committee of the U.S. Senate. Then the head of the Subcommittee for European Affairs and regional cooperation security, Republican Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) and his Deputy, Democrat Chris Murphy (Conn.) announced that it has submitted to the Senate of the U.S. Congress “Law on European energy security and diversification.” The law not only will give Washington “the new tools in the fight against the pernicious influence of Russia”, but also will create additional economic opportunities within the country and abroad.
One of these tools, believe US senators could be investment American private sector in the strategically important energy projects in Central and Eastern Europe. “The law on European energy security and diversification” provides for the allocation of $1 billion to Finance major energy projects in Europe over the period 2019 to 2023. We are talking about investment in the creation of gas storage facilities and gas pipelines, facilities to receive imported liquefied natural gas and reverse fuel. As well as investments in improving the electrical infrastructure.
The U.S. Agency for trade and development (USTDA) will be annually allocated $5 million for preparation of feasibility studies of new projects and their support in the early stages of launch. The state Department promised to assist in building political and diplomatic support of countries eligible to receive US aid, including in the negotiations on the establishment of transboundary energy infrastructure.
Murphy explained the necessity of adoption of a new law that Moscow “will use its dominance in the energy market to undermine Western institutions and to bring to power a pliable governments that are unable or unwilling to confront Russia or its President Vladimir Putin”. According to the Senator, the Kremlin with the help of corruption, bribery, propaganda and illegal invasions, doing everything possible to gain power over countries in the periphery. We just invested billions in strengthening the military defense system in Eastern Europe, but let’s not forget about the equally dangerous consequences of energy strangulation of Russia in Europe,” he said.
Murphy is convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin too many get away with it because most of Europe depends on energy supplies from Russia. He recalled that the United States invest billions of dollars to strengthen the defense of Eastern Europe, but forget about the dangerous consequences of the energy suffocation of Europe by Russia. And to “loosen the grip of Putin” in Europe, you must select the EU $1 billion.
Wave of US sanctions
US to impose sanctions against Russia in 2014. Then they explained the reunification of the Crimea with Russia and the crisis in Ukraine.
In December 2016, the retiring US President Barack Obama imposed new anti-Russian sanctions, suspecting Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
29 January 2018 in the US entered into force the law “On countering the enemies of America by sanctions” (CAATSA), which was signed by the President of the United States Donald trump. The first defendants in the sanctions list within the framework of this law were 33 Russian companies and six departments.
April 6, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against seven Russian billionaires on the Forbes list, 15 related with them and the arms export companies, and 17 high-ranking officials and heads of the largest Russian state-owned companies. New sanctions were imposed in connection with the participation of the Kremlin “hard-core actions around the world,” including the occupation of the Crimea, the violence in the East of Ukraine, in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and attempting to undermine Western democracy with malicious cyberactivity.
3 Aug for the consideration of Congress had introduced “an Act to protect American security from the aggression of the Kremlin in 2018” (Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018). The document proposes to prohibit transactions in the United States and freeze the assets of seven Russian banks, including Sberbank, VTB, VEB and PSB. This measure will deprive the Russian banks possibility to conduct the standard dollar settlements through correspondent accounts in U.S. banks. The bill also prohibits U.S. residents to buy new Russian debt securities.
A few days later, the United States announced the introduction of new anti-sanctions, accusing Moscow of using chemical weapons in the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury in March 2018.
According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the new tightening of the U.S. economic sanctions against Russia, Moscow will be regarded as the beginning of the economic war. The Russian Prime Minister said about a possible tightening of sanctions, which if followed by restrictive measures such as the prohibition of the activities of banks or use a particular currency, it can be called absolutely right. “A Declaration of economic war,” he said. Medvedev stressed that Moscow will have to react to this war, economic and political means. “And, if necessary, by other methods. Our American friends must understand,” he said.