Why Trump slammed Germany for gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation

Trump, Merkel trade barbs over Russia at Nato summit

If and when built, Nord Stream 2 - when combined with Nord Stream 1 - will be able to transport 110 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine and possibly putting it out of the gas transit business at a cost of $2 billion a year.

The EU's energy chief, Maros Sefcovic, said that the EU-US Energy Council discussed Nord Stream 2, aid to Ukraine in the form of energy reforms and the upcoming trilateral gas talks with Russia, Sputnik reports.

But more than half of USA exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America.

U.S. President Donald Trump wasted no time calling out another European ally at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation annual summit.

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"We consider that it's a question of economic competition and that. the buyers must take their own decision", he said.

History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies. His convening with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week is engendering extensive worry. "It's disproportionate and not fair to the tax payers of the United States". And we stressed our well-known concerns about Nord Stream 2, Sefcovic said at a press conference on Thursday after the EU-U.S. Energy Council held in Brussels. In June 2014, amid the fallout over the Russian annexation of Crimea months earlier, Russia cut off Ukraine's gas supplies for weeks in what Kiev said was an attempt to blackmail Ukraine.

"Regular maintenance is necessary to operate the Nord Stream twin pipeline safely, efficiently and reliably".

"Let's not forget that Nord Stream 2 is an worldwide project, not simply Russian-German". More seriously, Nord Stream 2 will increase Russia's power to threaten other nations with its control over their gas. The plans were drawn up at a time when Russian Federation appeared eager to engage with the West - and many Germans still see Russian Federation more positively than other countries do. "I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union", she said. 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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