Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Trump slams Germany over Russian gas pipeline, calling it ‘a disgusting mistake’

Trump slams Germany over Russian gas pipeline, calling it ‘a disgusting mistake’

Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline project to transport natural gas from eastern Russian Federation to northern Germany, where it would link up with infrastructure that carries fuel to Western Europe, reported CNBC.

Trump launched his blunt attack against Germany on the very first day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that took place in Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday, saying it was wrong to back importing more Russian gas and not meeting the Nato's target for defence spending.

He recalled that the Russian side has repeatedly pointed out that "Nord stream - 2" is a purely commercial project. We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal (Nord Stream 2) with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition". "I'm pretty sure that Germany will, to some degree, try to diversify its sources of supply so that Russian gas will not account for more than 40% or so of its imports", Kokin said.

"Germany closer to the United States, because in many ways much more dependent on the USA than from Russian Federation". There will be terminals built in Germany or there will be pipelines built from Belgian and Dutch terminals - that's also possible.

Democrats criticized President Donald Trump this week after he called Germany "a captive to Russia" over the Baltic Sea pipeline project - even though prominent Democrats John Kerry and Joe Biden have expressed the same concerns. "This is nothing more than an attempt to force European buyers to acquire more expensive liquefied gas, which can be supplied from alternative places", he added.

"As has been proven in the past, a trilateral process is the most effective platform to seek a satisfactory solution to the gas matters important for involved parties and to gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2019", Šefčovič said.

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