MOSCOW (RT) - Berlin will consider countermeasures if the U.S. imposes sanctions on Nord Stream 2, the pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany, the head of the Bundestag’s Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy has said.
"The way we shape our energy policy is not of American’s concern,” chairman Klaus Ernst said in an interview to RIA Novosti, adding that the threat of sanctions is unacceptable.
"The Federal Government must defend itself against it. If the sanctions are to hamper the operation of the pipeline, it is necessary to think about countermeasures.”
Berlin could, for example, target U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, according to the Bundestag member.
Washington has been gradually boosting LNG shipments to Europe, while consistently demonizing the Russian pipeline, with U.S. officials alleging that Moscow is building it to use energy as "leverage over Europe.”