European Union condemns US Congress new sanctions against Russian Federation

White House new spokesperson Sarah Sanders said that "Washington is in favor of a firmer stance against Russian Federation, especially with regard to the introduction of these sanctions".

He added that the Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, had already warned at the G20 summit in Germany earlier in July that the European Union might take retaliatory measures against the U.S. if it went ahead. Proposed measures include fines for foreign companies that aid Moscow in building energy export pipelines such as the the Nord Stream 2, a €9.5bn (£85bn) project to carry Russian gas across the Baltic and into north Europe.

After the news emerged, the European Commission warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences", notably on the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russian Federation.

It is concerned with the breadth of the proposed sanctions, which Bloomberg says "clumsily" step on Europe's economic interests.

The Reuters news agency said European Union diplomats would consider adding four Russian individuals and entities to a blacklist after it emerged that these had helped to smuggle electricity turbines sold by German firm Siemens to the Ukrainian peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

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Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in an internal note, described the risk of the Russian sanctions giving the USA power over the European energy sector, Politico reported Monday.

In December، the then USA president، Barack Obama، broadened the sanctions over allegations of Russian meddling to change the presidential election result in favor of Trump continue to weigh in on his presidency.

A European Commission source told Politico.eu that changes late last week to the USA draft bill "look much better for EU interests".

"We are working with our European partners on implementing a number of large-scale projects", said Peskov, when asked about the possible impact of the new USA sanctions on projects like Nord Stream 2.

As per the cited internal note, the European Commission's mitigation approach would seek a public declaration from the U.S. administration, as President Barack Obama provided in 2014, that discretionary powers would not be used against European companies; it would make use of the EU "Blocking Statute", an EU regulation (Council Regulation 2771/96) that says no decision based on extraterritorial U.S. laws is enforceable in the EU; and it would resort to retaliatory measures under the rules of the World Trade Organization. The document notes that Brussels must "be ready to act in the coming days" if the United States takes action "without taking into account the EU's concerns".

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