Trump criticises Germany's deal with Russian Federation on Nord Stream 2

Donald Trump's Nord Stream objection divides NATO

EU, U.S. discuss Nord Stream 2, prospect of Ukrainian gas transit – Sefcovic

Yes. Trump has backed a push by United States gas suppliers to find new markets and an increase in cheap Russian gas supplies to Europe would reduce their export opportunities.

Russia's state-controlled gas producer, Gazprom, next year is completing a new pipeline dubbed the Nord Stream 2 that detours around Eastern Europe by following a route under the Baltic Sea before reaching the German coast at the city of Lubmin, where construction of a new receiving terminal was begun in May.

Most Eastern European countries have expressed their concern over the pipeline project over the years, claiming it directly threatens the security of their countries as Russian Federation will able to use its vast energy resources as a way to have leverage over Western Europe. Berlin has many questions for Moscow and believes that it is important to maintain dialogue, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said, commenting on US President Donald Trump's statement, in which he said that Germany was "a captive of Russian Federation".

"Trade is wonderful, energy is a whole different story", Trump said.

The remark drew fury from top Democrats, who claimed it was an example of Trump being loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the expense of America's closest allies.

His remarks Wednesday were a sharp departure from the previous day, when he suggested Putin would pose less of a problem for him during his current European travels than his miserly North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or the European Union's pending Brexit breakup with Britain. But he quickly honed on in Germany in a terse face-to-face exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation, but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation, and I think that's very inappropriate", Trump said.

Trump didn't identify Nord Stream 2 by name. And the last discussion about customs tariffs on metals (aluminium, steel) they really care.

To justify the project, the Nord Stream II company predicts the European Union will need to an extra 120 billion cubic metres of gas over the next 20 years. Canada has been explicit in their worldwide communications with many countries.

Freeland said she had a "good conversation" with the Danish foreign minister because the pipeline "is an issue that touches very much on Denmark". Ukraine it will be very profitable. In Department believe that the pipeline would undermine energy security and stability of Europe.

Russian Federation has a long history of cutting off access to energy as leverage over Europe and that won't stop, he said.

"We discussed it with Ukraine", Freeland said.

Some in Washington have called for Nord Stream 2 and its leaders, such as its chairman former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to be added to US Treasury sanctions lists.

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