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    France Says New US' Anti-Russia Sanctions 'Appear' to Break Int'l Law

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    French authorities believe that the new US bill on anti-Russia sanctions does not to correspond to the norms of the international law, they intend to discuss them with EU partners and the European Commission, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said Wednesday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – The US House of Representatives approved by a 419-3 vote on Tuesday a new version of a bill that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow. The measures target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries, and restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

    "Such draft bill, if adopted, will allow measures against European persons and entities in situations which have nothing to do with the United States. From this point of view, the extraterritorial nature of this document appear to be illegal from the point of view of international law," Romatet-Espagne told a briefing.

    According to the French official, working on amending national legislation and on perfecting EU measures is necessary to protect oneself from the influence of such legislation.

    "This issue calls for the need for discussions with institutions including the European Commission, and our EU partners," she said.

    Germany has also spoken out against the bill that the US House passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday as one that adversely affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

    The bill, which is yet to be approved by the administration of US President Donald Trump, has already prompted criticism within the European Union. Thus, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern have condemned the draft of new US sanctions, which, they said on June 15, were about "selling American liquefied natural gas and ending the supply of Russian natural gas to the European market."

    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).

    The Nord Stream 2 project presumes the construction of two gas pipelines with a combined annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas. The new pipeline is planned to be laid along the existing Nord Stream pipeline route from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea, on to a hub in Germany.

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