German Chancellor Angela Merkel sharply criticized the new US sanctions against Russia, thus supporting the Chancellor of Austria and the German Foreign Minister. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert spoke on the relevant Merkel’s critical position, the German media reported.
Seibert noted that Merkel called such a move by the US "strange", saying that the European economy should not suffer from sanctions against Russia.
“The decision of the US Senate raises for her the same questions as for Chancellor Kern and Minister Gabriel. This is, to put it mildly, a strange step. This should not happen. We reject sanctions with extraterritorial effect, which have an impact on third countries," he said.
Earlier, the United States Senate approved a bill on the introduction of a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
New restrictive measures were taken in response to Kremlin’s intervention in the course of the presidential election campaign in the US last year, as well as for the annexation of the Crimea and support for the government of Syria.