Trump presses Germany to drop Russian pipeline

Trump presses Germany to drop Russian pipeline

Sandra Oudkirk, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department, said that the USA was strongly opposed to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Economy minister Peter Altmaier defended the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is strongly opposed by many East European countries as well as the USA, who say that by circumventing Ukraine the pipeline will increase Russia's leverage over countries that rely on Moscow's energy sales.

As previously reported "FACTS", the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko warned Germany from participating in the construction of the "Nord stream-2", proposing as an alternative to the modernization of the transit pipeline passing through the territory of Ukraine.

According to them, trump at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that Berlin should stop supporting the "Nord stream". She has specified that this means that any pipeline construction project in the world could potentially be under sanctions.

A pipeline project between Russian Federation and Germany risks triggering US sanctions because of security concerns, a senior American diplomat said Thursday.

Earlier, trump had already criticized the construction of the Nord stream-2, saying at a meeting with Baltic leaders that "Germany would pay billions of dollars for energy resources from Russian Federation...and this is bad".

The US threats to Nord Stream 2, which has split eastern and western European Union states, could impact companies in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route, and that is a threat", she said.

Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the USA and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.

Oudkirk said Washington's objections included past Russian moves to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine and other countries, adding that it would perpetuate "vulnerabilities" in Russian-European ties for another 30 to 40 years.

The Nord Stream 2 project has said it will tap banks for financing in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early next year.

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