[text / observer Zhang chenjing] as the “beixi-2” natural gas project jointly launched by Russia and European countries is coming to an end, the United States has recently stepped in again to block the completion of the project with new sanctions, which triggered a joint protest from the 24 EU countries. 24 EU member states have issued a joint protest to the U.S. State Department, explicitly criticizing the U.S. government’s sanctions against the Beixi 2 project in violation of international law, German media reported on the 14th. “Politician” reported that this is the EU’s strongest diplomatic response to the escalating US sanctions so far. In a video conference organized by the EU delegation to the United States on Wednesday (August 12), 24 EU Member States jointly protested to the U.S. State Department to express dissatisfaction with the new sanctions imposed by the United States on beixi-2, the report quoted European diplomats as saying. < / P > < p > the protest reiterated the statement made by the European Union’s high representative for foreign and security policy, Borrelli, on July 17 that the United States has increasingly imposed or threatened to impose sanctions on European enterprises on projects such as “Beixi 2” and “Turkish Creek”, which the EU is deeply concerned about. The US media “politician” reported that Nabila massrali, spokesman of the European Union’s external action agency, confirmed the news. On the 12th, the European Union did contact with the US government and expressed concern about the US sanctions against European enterprises. Maslari said the European Union believes that it is illegal for the United States to impose extraterritorial sanctions under international law. However, at the same time, maslari also stressed that the EU will continue to attach great importance to cooperation with the United States, because “we have common diplomatic and security objectives, and we welcome dialogue on these issues.”. In response to the relevant questions, officials of the European Commission also said, “we have held informal meetings and EU member states have joined the meeting on a voluntary basis”. The EU member states are “very consistent” about the US sanctions. At the end of July, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio threatened further sanctions against companies that helped participate in the Beixi 2 project. On August 6, three U.S. senators, including Cruz and Corton, threatened those enterprises operating in mukland port, claiming that they would face “devastating” sanctions if they continued to participate in Russia’s natural gas project. < / P > < p > according to German officials, a few EU countries jointly launched the initiative three weeks ago. In the past two weeks, 24 of the 27 EU member states have agreed to the initiative except three. The official said the United States was surprised by the number of EU protestors. According to the report, a spokesman for Poland’s EU office confirmed in an email that Poland was one of the three countries that did not join the protest. According to the standard, Poland, Estonia and other countries have recently publicly indicated that they are on the side of the United States. < / P > < p > in response to the joint protest of the 24 EU countries, the US embassy in Germany argued in an email that the United States does not want to sanction European companies, but hopes to cooperate with the EU, but Russia’s dominant position in the European natural gas market leaves the United States with no choice. The U.S. Embassy in Germany also accused Russia of trying to use energy to politically divide Europe and undermine Ukraine’s economy, claiming that the United States “must take action to address threats to our national security and foreign policy interests.”. In response to the threat of sanctions from the United States, Niels Arne, German foreign minister, said on Friday that it was “outrageous” and that “threatening close partners and allies with sanctions will not work. Europe’s energy policy will be decided by Europe itself, not by the United States.”. In fact, as early as the end of June, Rainer Seele, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Austrian oil and gas group (OMV) and President of the Russian German Chamber of foreign trade, called for a unified European response to the US sanctions against beixi-2. “Resistance should not be confined to Germany, but should extend to the level of the European Union. Europe must show solidarity and respond in a unified way. ” Austrian oil and gas group is one of the creditors of Beixi 2 project. After completion, the Beixi 2 project will extend from Russia’s Baltic Sea coast all the way from Germany. It is estimated that Russia can transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas to Germany every year, with a cost of nearly 11 billion US dollars, which can meet 10% of Europe’s natural gas demand. Reuters said the pipeline is scheduled to start operation in 2021. All countries through which the pipeline passes – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany – have already approved the project. Germany, the destination of the pipeline, has invested a lot of money in this project. However, the project has attracted strong opposition from the United States, which has blocked the project for many times. Last year, the U.S. government also signed the act “mixing yellow” and “Beixi 2” projects, and threatened to impose sanctions on any entity involved in the project. At that time, the Swiss Dutch company responsible for the pipeline laying was immediately shut down. However, Russia, which has been subject to US sanctions for many years, is not flustered. On August 11, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov also refuted that the United States had no “bottom line” when adopting unilateral restrictive measures. The United States has no secret pursuit of one goal: the ability and the right to do whatever it wants in world politics and economy. Participants in the Beixi 2 project believe that the project will go on to the end. “As far as I know, there is reason to believe that the project will be completed in the near future.”.