BERLIN, April 29. /TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel held on Saturday a phone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister of great Britain Teresa may, during which the leaders of the three countries underlined the EU’s readiness to protect its trade interests in the imposition of U.S. duties on European products.
This was announced on Sunday the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.
“They (Merkel, him and Mei) were unanimous in the opinion that the United States should not resort to trade policy measures against the EU, and the European Union otherwise should be prepared to vigorously defend its interests in the international trading order,” – said the leaders of Germany, France and the UK.
As noted by Seibert, they exchanged views and coordinated their actions in light of the negotiations Merkel and Macron U.S. President Donald trump, held in the current week.
The US 23 March, imposed new duties on steel and aluminium products – 25% for steel and 10% aluminum. They apply to all countries which export products to the United States, however, deferred until may 1 got Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Korea and the countries of the European Union.
On Friday at a press conference with trump in Washington, the Chancellor said that he discussed with him the issue of the possible introduction from may 1 of the duties on iron, steel and aluminum products from the EU and that “the decision rests with the President” of the USA.