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European Union condemns US Congress new sanctions against Russian Federation

26 July 2017

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says a meeting between Donald Trump's son-in- law and the chairman of a Russian bank did not occur on Kremlin orders. The bill provides for counteracting the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as it threatens the energy security of Ukraine and the European Union, proposing to export U.S. energy to ensure the energy security of USA allies.

"Logically, we discuss some sanctions-related topics that potentially can hamper implementation of these projects, which causes concern for us", he said.

Before that, other top Russian officials piled criticism on the United States for the seizure of two Russian compounds on U.S. soil, a measure taken at the end of the Obama Administration over the intelligence information that Moscow tried to meddle in the 2016 USA elections.

The Commission's statement came while leaders of both parties of the United States Congress agreed on a law allowing fresh sanctions to punish Russian Federation for alleged election meddling.

The new law would also prevent Trump, who is under a spotlight for alleged collusion with Russia, from deleting existing USA measures against Russian energy firms and banks without congressional permission.

A document note prepared for an EC meeting on Wednesday seen by the daily, states that the European Union "should stand ready to act within days" if the USA measures were "adopted without European Union concerns being taken into account".

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The note, dated July 19, said, "The measures risk breaking the transatlantic and G7 unity" on handling Russia's occupation of Crimea, Ukraine.

In her opinion, European leaders are unhappy with the unilateral actions of the USA, which threaten the energy security of the EU.

"So we in the European Union will have interest in this discussion and we expect these interests to be addressed by the.legislative process which is ongoing in the U.S.", Schinas told a news conference.

Other affected projects could include Caspian Sea oil and gas projects, Ukraine gas transit and the Zohr field off the coast of Egypt, due to the participation of Russian companies.

"As for the Washington administration's position on the sanctions, we have heard certain adjustments and will wait with patience when this position is worded clearly", Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

European Union condemns US Congress new sanctions against Russian Federation