Germany: German industrialists slam US sanctions as ''America First' at Europe's expense'

M/S Press conferenceC/U Press conference bannerSOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «In our view it is not acceptable that Washington is able to take decisions on Europe's energy supply and that Europeans have to obtain more expensive liquified natural gas and thus lose an element of its... Еще competitiveness. This law is 'America first' under a different guise and it has nothing to do with 'fair play' and free trade."C/U Michael Harms name tag *CUTAWAY*SOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «And for Europe it means higher prices and growing insecurity on energy supply.» C/U Camera *CUTAWAY*SOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «The way the law is formulated, and that's our criticism, European companies and its work with Russian partners are the targets of the US sanctions.» M/S Journalist taking notesM/S Press conferenceSOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «However, the Americans were very honest to enshrine why they want to deliberately take aim at pipelines in this law; it is about improving exports of American liquid gas to Europe.» W/S Camera *CUTAWAY*SOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «It is about more jobs in the USA at the expense of European jobs. As I've said, it is also enshrined in this law.» C/U Camera *CUTAWAY*SOT, Michael Harms, Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of the Federation of German Industry (German): «Impacts of US sanctions on European companies need to be excluded. If there are no guarantees of it, counter-sanctions from EU may be implemented to protect European economic interests. I should also say that it is the last thing we want to have are mutual trade measures against the USA, but as Mr. Juncker has already said, we need to keep this option open."M/S Press conferenceSCRIPTChairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Michael Harms said that potential United States sanctions against Russia are «about improving exports of American liquid gas to Europe» as well as creating «more jobs in the USA at the expense of European jobs,» speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Thursday."In our view it is not acceptable that Washington is able to take decisions on Europe's energy supply and that Europeans have to obtain more expensive liquified natural gas and thus lose an element of its competitiveness,» Harms said, adding that «this law is 'America First' under a different guise and it has nothing to do with 'fair play' and free trade."He went on to criticise the sanctions bill, saying that the US wants «to deliberately take aim at pipelines in this law,» referencing energy export pipelines between Germany and Russia. «I should also say that it is the last thing we want to have are mutual trade measures against the USA, but as Mr. Juncker has already said, we need to keep this option open,» Harms addedOn Tuesday, the US House of Representatives voted to push through new package of sanctions against Russia with 419 votes to 3.

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