Washington / Sassnitz (dpa) - In a letter, three US senators threatened the Sassnitz ferry port in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with severe sanctions for its role in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline.

Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Ron Johnson wrote of serious measures that would "cut off the port commercially and financially" from the United States, referring to pipe laying and Russian ship accommodation. Sassnitz and the associated port of Mukran would have to stop helping the project hated by the government of US President Donald Trump. The letter is dated Wednesday. The "world" had previously reported about it.

The legal representatives cited existing US sanctions laws on Nord Stream 2 as a legal basis. This would enable the people and companies involved to be punished. "Board members, officers and shareholders of Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH are prohibited from entering the United States and any property or interest in property that they have in our jurisdiction is frozen," the letter said.

American citizens and companies would also be prohibited from working with the port. "If you continued to provide goods, services and support for the Nord Stream 2 project (...) you would destroy your company's future financial profitability," it said.

"This letter can no longer be beaten in audacity," said the chairman of the Bundestag Economic Committee, Klaus Ernst. The left politician asked the federal government to appoint the American ambassador. "In addition, effective countermeasures must finally be threatened and, if necessary, implemented, such as punitive tariffs against American LNG gas."

The steel pipes required for the completion of the Baltic Sea pipeline are stored in the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen. Years ago they were encased in concrete in a factory in Mukran. The factory has now stopped working. Two Russian ships that are already in the port of Mukran are expected to complete the pipeline. There is also a houseboat for around 140 workers. It is believed that the workers living on board have to do with the further construction of the gas terrace.

Nord Stream 2 is a thorn in the side of the US government, and Eastern European EU countries as well as Ukraine criticize the project sharply. US President Trump has been criticizing the pipeline from Russia to Germany for years. At the end of 2019, he had given the first punitive measures against certain companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2. Critics accuse him of only wanting to prevent the pipeline in order to be able to sell more American liquefied gas in Europe.

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Letter from the Senators