The state Department commented on the project to expand anti-Russian sanctions

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoThe state Department commented on the project to expand anti-Russian sanctions© AP Photo / Luis M. Alvarez

The US still care about the energy security of Europe, because EU countries are partners and allies of Washington, said Deputy assistant Secretary of state for diplomacy in the field of energy-Robin Dunnigan, commenting on the condemnation of the European policy project of new US sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel and the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern condemned the draft of new U.S. sanctions, which, as they noted, it is «about the sale of us liquefied natural gas and squeezing of Russian natural gas supplies to the European market.» Gabriel and Kern believe that political sanctions instruments should not be linked with economic interests.

«Without further discussion — we care about energy independence of Europe because they are our partners and allies,» said Dunnigan.

«We heard many comments about the fact that sanctions are imposed (against Russian energy companies) only in order to support the export of LNG from the United States. It’s interesting, because we support the energy independence of Europe is as long as I work at the state Department since the early 1990s… We supported the independence of the gas in Europe for decades, because we care about the safety of our partners and allies. We had not planned to be the largest suppliers of gas to Europe, and many analysts said we would never be able to become them», she added.

Dunnigan said that the US does not dictate their companies, «who to sell and where to drill wells».

The U.S. Senate last Thursday approved a bill to expand sanctions against Russia. In particular, it is proposed to reduce the maximum term of market financing of Russian banks under sanctions, up to 14 days, of the companies subjected to the oil and gas sector — up to 30 days. The bill also suggests the possibility of applying sanctions against individuals who intend to invest in the construction of Russian export pipelines market value of over $ 5 million per year, or $ 1 million lump sum, or provide the projects, services, technology, to provide information support.

The state Department commented on the project to expand anti-Russian sanctions© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures