Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union may block "Nord stream-2": Russian politician gave the explanation

European Union may block

U.S. President Donald Trump said the gas pipeline would amount to a "captive" Germany, as it would lead to energy dependence on Russian Federation. "70 percent of its energy coming in from Russia", said Trump, pointing out Germany's growing reliance on Russian energy.

But Perry said America supports open competition and looked forward to Monday's much-anticipated summit between Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Federation is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine with which it has poor relations. However, Merkel insists the project is a private commercial venture and is not funded by German taxpayers. "I think it is a horrific thing that's being done when you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany primarily. into the coffers of Russia", Trump said at a news conference on Friday after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ostausschuss), which unites members accounting for about a fifth of the country's total foreign trade, has accused the USA of trying to interfere in Germany's foreign affairs.

"We are supposed to be protecting you from Russian Federation, but why are you paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for energy?" I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said.

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"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk", a spokesman for the U.S. State Department told Reuters.

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia", Trump said, later claiming, falsely, that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance is a tool whereby the United States "protects" Europe from external threats.

"I think it's a terrible thing that Germany's doing".

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