Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Kremlin says new gas pipeline to Germany will help stability

Kremlin says new gas pipeline to Germany will help stability

Reuters reported that US President Mr Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, saying Berlin had become "a captive to Russia" and he criticised it for failing to raise defence spending more.

"I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where [NATO is] supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Europe needs diverse sources of gas, not, in our view, a new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and to lock in greater reliance on Russian Federation at this moment ... "I do not think it's good, you do not work from a position of strength, you gave up all your power", Trump warned.

He added the US criticism of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline was rooted in Washington's desire to encourage European Union nations to buy more expensive liquefied gas from the U.S. On Wednesday, Trump criticized Germany for being what he called a captive of Russian energy.

"The United States does not support pipelines such as Nord Stream 2 and a multi-line Turk Stream that will only increase reliance on a single source of supply", Perry told reporters.

"I don't know what he means by that", she said.

"We discussed it with Ukraine", Freeland said.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation.

We agreed that this is of strategic importance for the energy security of Europe, but also for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine and for the economic development of the country that has experienced many trials in these last years, Sefcovic continued.

The pipeline has caused splits within the European Union, with Poland and other eastern states fearing it could be used as a tool to boost Russian influence over the bloc.

"But the decision (for such projects - ed.) countries are sovereign". The U.S. has long had concerns that Europe is too dependent on Russian gas, and the cash it pays for that fuel helps pay for Russia's military.

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