Department of state: the EU needs to make sanctions more effective

© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, FileЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoDepartment of state: the EU needs to make sanctions more effective© AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File

Europe needs to make its sanctions imposed against Russia because of the situation around Ukraine, more efficient, said state Department spokesman Heather Nauert.

«Many European countries have imposed sanctions against Russia over its actions in Crimea in Ukraine. As I said experts, not all of these sanctions are fully implemented. This is one aspect where European countries can do more,» said Nauert at the briefing.

«We would like to have our European allies doing more to help Ukraine. The US government takes a very strong stance on her support… I don’t want to say that the United States bear the burden, but they deal with this issue mostly alone,» complained the spokesman.

Nauert also said that European countries must go through «Nord stream-2», needs to think again, if he needed it, as this project «helps the Russian authorities.»

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West is accusing Russia of meddling has imposed sanctions against it. In July 2014, the European Union and the United States from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the economy. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk agreements.

«Nord stream-2» involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The United States opposes this project. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in this regard, said the leader of the United States Donald trump pursues the interests of American business in the supply of LNG to Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel for its part has repeatedly said that Berlin considers the project «Northern stream-2» commercial, however, it linked its implementation with the preservation of Russian gas transit through Ukraine. The Russian side has also repeatedly stated that the project «Northern stream-2» is a completely commercial, competitive, and pointed out that it does not involve the termination of Russian gas transit through Ukraine to the EU.

The project «Northern stream-2» involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the existing «Northern stream». Construction completion is scheduled for late 2019.

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