US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin seems to think that nations under the hammer of American sanctions should be thanking Washington for not attacking them militarily instead. How generous, how virtuous of Uncle Sam!
There is real fear that Gazprom will walk away from the talks with Ukraine and will wait out the completion of Nordstream 2.
International law does not matter to Trump. He regards his policies and actions as being above and not subject to any international legal restriction.
They have turned the US democratic tradition into a high-stakes crap shoot where voters are excluded from participation in the expensive franchise.