BERLIN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday it was his country’s sovereign right to decide on its energy sources, as the U.S. worries a natural gas pipeline extension could increase Russia’s political and economic grip on Europe.
“Sanctions between partners are definitely the wrong way to go”, Maas said at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
“Ultimately, it remains our sovereign decision where we get our energy from. No country has the right to dictate Europe’s energy policy with threats. That won’t be successful,” Maas added.
Reporting by Thomas Seythal and Thomas Escritt
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