Washington's plans to impose new sanctions on Russia threaten the unity of Washington and Brussels on restrictive measures against Moscow, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
According to Gabriel, to preserve the unity of the EU and the US in relation to Russia "will not work if an attempt is made in the United States to blend its own economic interests with foreign policy," Tass reports.
The German FM stressed that the EU independently makes decisions in the energy sector. He called the use of sanctions inadmissible to remove Russian gas from the market and replace it with American gas.
Earlier, details of the US bill on new sanctions against Russia were announced. The document is currently pending.
Europe also reacted very negatively to the US intention to impose new sanctions against Russia. Thus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the draft sanctions of Washington regarding the Russian fuel and energy complex.