Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement to the Rheinische Post newspaper on the bill on sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea passed by the United States Congress last week:
There is still time. Evidently President Trump has not yet made any decision on whether or how he plans to tighten the sanctions on Russia. In any case, the bill provides for consultations with us Europeans before that can happen.
We will make the most of this opportunity. I am in close contact with Rex Tillerson on this issue. We will voice our concerns very clearly.
Our priority is to overcome the Ukraine crisis and to maintain the political pressure on Moscow that sanctions cause. That is only possible if we present a united front and work together. And we will oppose an “America first” industrial policy under the pretext of sanctions.