EU doesn’t want to interfere in US-Russia dispute

The European Union (EU) is keeping its distance from growing tensions between Washington and Moscow, which have escalated since US President Donald Trump signed legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia on 2 August. The EU considers the escalating diplomatic dispute a “bilateral issue”.

In reaction to Congress passing the legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the US must reduce its embassy staff in Russia by 755. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US will respond to Russia’s request by 1 September. The main reason behind the new sanctions is Russian interference in the last US presidential election, as well as the annexation of Crimea. Some of the legislative provisions target the Russian energy sector, and the sanctions might, therefore, further negatively influence Russia’s economy, which has already been affected by sanctions since 2014, as Russian exports are dominantly based on energy commodities. The sanctions also have a partial impact on some EU states, thus we might expect further deterioration of EU-US relations and relations between EU member states will likely worsen over the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as well.

About author: Jakub Maděránek

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