Why Trump slammed Germany for gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation

Why Trump slammed Germany for gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation

Owned by a company based in Switzerland and controlled by Russia's Gazprom monopoly, it will follow the same route as Nord Stream I, launched in 2011, which brings gas from Russian Federation to Germany.

Trump on Wednesday made a strong attack on Germany's dependence on Russian natural gas, saying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline shows Europe's largest economy is "totally controlled by Russia". Dmitry Peskov said the U.S. objections to the new pipeline deal between Russian Federation and Germany are unfair.

BRUSSELS - Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in Brussels to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives.

He said choosing gas supplier should be based on the buyers' own benefits.

Nord Stream II "is an example of European countries supplying funds to Russian Federation, which can be used against the security of Poland", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said yesterday. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

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"[Russia is] trying to sneak offshore, go through the Baltic Sea, come on shore in Germany, not get caught bribing governments or the European Union to get the pipeline over land", he said. The German government has been pursuing its Nord Stream 2 project for years, despite criticism from the United States and some Eastern European nations.

What does the future hold for Nord Stream 2? "The two-week shutdown allows us to maintain our highest standards", Nord Stream AG's Managing Director Alexey Zaytsev pointed out.

The German committee groups 350 members active in 29 countries in eastern Europe accounting for about a fifth of Germany's total foreign trade, which is more sizeable than bilateral trades Germany conducts with the US and China individually. "Natural gas pipelines implied mutual trust within a stable relationship, which led to further collaborations, including cooperation in nuclear power", he explained.

Ukraine is making about $2 billion (€1.7) on gas transit fees per year, making it a key source of income for the impoverished country.

Buechele also said that to claim Russian Federation would be able to control gas markets was "factually wrong and politically absurd". "You tell me, is that appropriate?" Germany is a rich country.

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