European Commission preparing to push back on Russia sanctions bill
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The European Commission reportedly plans to respond promptly should Congress pass a new Russia sanctions bill, saying it could disproportionately affect European energy companies.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in an internal note, described the risk of the Russian sanctions giving the U.S. power over the European energy sector, Politico reported Monday.

The letter detailed how President Trump could discretely impose sanctions on any company, European or other, that engages in energy ventures with Russian energy companies or the Kremlin government.

The letter specifically noted the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany could be affected by the sanctions that “would in reality be much wider,” Politico reported.

Juncker also feared that the draft law would lead to less international cooperation on handling Moscow’s occupation of Crimea following its annexation from Ukraine in 2014.

“The measures risk breaking the transatlantic and G7 unity,” the letter dated July 19 said.

The commission, which aims to have a response “within days” if the U.S. law passes, would seek a public declaration by Trump that no European companies would be targeted, the newspaper reported.

The group would also rely on a European Union regulation, the “Blocking Statute,” that claims the EU is not beholden to enforce U.S. overseas laws.

It would also see if the World Trade Organization could possibly have a retaliatory response to the sanctions, Politico reports.

The draft bill that largely targets the Kremlin’s financial, energy and mining sectors will go to the House of Representatives for a vote on Tuesday.