The German vice chancellor stressed that Germany would clearly defend its point of view: "It's about overcoming the crisis in Ukraine and exerting political pressure with the help of sanctions against Moscow". The German economy minister told local newspapers that new sanctions could hurt German companies and add another layer of difficulty to Berlin's relationship with Washington.
"But we will defend ourselves against the America First industrial policy under the pretext of sanctions", the minister said.
The poll, carried out by the Forsa Institute market research firm, asked 1,002 Germans over the age of 18 the following question: "The US wants to expand the economic campaigns against Russian Federation so that companies from Germany and other European countries will also face penalties on the American market when they participate in or finance natural gas projects with Russian Federation".
Germany's economics minister on July 31 urged the European Union to fight back against new sanctions by the United States that could penalize Western companies doing business with Russian Federation. "That means that it is right that the European Commission now considers countermeasures", said Zypries. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures.
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"Unfortunately, that is exactly what they are doing. Do you think it is right or wrong for the United States expanding sanctions in this way?"
Germany's economy minister, Brigitte Zypries, on Monday decried the US' latest round of sanctions against Russian Federation, insisting that they violate global law by indirectly punishing European firms.
As of Monday, Brussels had not commented the US' sanctions bill and its bearing on European energy firms.
Also on Monday, however, U.S. vice-president Mike Pence heard warm praise for the sanctions during talks with leaders of the three Baltic states in Estonia.
However, those calls were effectively ignored last week, after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation.