US Russia sanctions bill riles Germany, Austria

Added On June 18, 2017

Germany and Austria have sharply criticised the U.S. Senate for tightening sanctions on Russia, accusing the U.S. of threatening Europe's energy supplies.
To become law, the U.S. sanctions bill still requires approval by the House of Representatives and the president.
It would mean U.S. sanctions for European firms involved in major Russian oil and gas projects. One such project is Nord Stream 2 - a Baltic gas pipeline.
Russia is under Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine conflict.
The new U.S. bill is punishment for alleged Russian meddling in the U.S.2016 presidential election.
In a joint statement, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Europe's energy supplies were "a matter for Europe, not for the United States".
They said the sanctions were clearly about U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, U.S. jobs and squeezing Russia out of the European market.