New 'Planned' Anti-Russia Sanctions Aimed to Make US Global Energy Monopolist

© REUTERS / Agencja Gazata/Cezary AszkielowiczThe LNG tanker "Clean Ocean" is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017
The LNG tanker Clean Ocean is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017 - Sputnik International
The newly imposed US sanctions against Russia are meant to turn the United States into a world monopolist in energy trade, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Jaromir Kohlicek told Sputnik on Friday.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks at the 14th Conference of the Russian and German Partner Cities in Krasnodar - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump signed into law a new bill imposing additional sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The sanctions target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

The bill also stressed that the United States would continue to oppose the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The law also limits the US president's ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congressional approval to lift any restrictions.

"It is clear that this planned and desired by US government state of energy supplies would undermine the independency of the EU states and will enable the US government to become number one in the world energy market with very negative economic and politic consequences," Kohlicek, from the Czech Republic's Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, said.

He added that the US sanctions targeting Russian energy sector also mean a dramatic rise in consumer prices, which is the reason behind negative reaction to the restrictions by many countries, as well as by the European Union.

The US and EU flags, top left and right, fly in separate directions at the European Council building in Brussels - Sputnik International
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The bill has been criticized by the European Union, particularly due to the concerns that the new sanctions will impact its economic interests, especially its energy cooperation with Russia. France and Germany have spoken out against the bill as it affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the new sanctions as "absolutely illegitimate" and responded with its countermeasures, suspending the use of all US Embassy warehouses and its compound in Moscow. Russia also mandated that the US cut the size of its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people by September 1.

In April, Gazprom's subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG signed a deal with French Engie, UK’s Royal Dutch Shell, Austria’s OMV and Germany's Uniper and Wintershall, which agreed to provide part of long-term financing of the gas pipeline project, estimated at 9.5 billion euros ($10.6 billion).

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