Nord Stream 2 hits back at Trump's attack on Russian gas

Trump, Merkel trade barbs over Russia at Nato summit

"We are holding on to our contractual obligations regarding Nord Stream 2, of whose value for Germany and Europe we are convinced, given the background of declining gas production in Europe", Schaefer said.

As previously reported, trump has sharply criticized the system of construction of the gas pipeline "Nord stream-2" and called Germany dependent on Russian Federation. "We believe the pipeline would undermine Europe's overall energy security and stability by providing Russian Federation another tool for the political coercion of European countries, especially Ukraine".

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and USA allies".

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

"We need to look at the history of Putin, whether he's been a reliable energy supplier or whether he's used energy for geopolitical pressure, which he has", Bloomfield said. The West, especially European Union leader Germany, should be treating Vladimir Putin as a pariah for a long list of terrorist acts and barbarism, including its wars in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, its attacks on Western democracies and its suppression of human rights at home. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

In recent years, advances in extraction technology have made the United States one of the leading producers of natural gas, a fossil fuel but one that is relatively clean and efficient.

The $11-billion project, led by Gazprom, aims to double capacity of the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline from next year, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine.




What does the future hold for Nord Stream 2?

The United States opposes the project Nord stream-2.

In particular, Denmark may block or delay the construction of Nord stream-2 through its territorial waters.

"Many countries owe us".

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told The Washington Times last month that the pipeline is a unsafe project created to help Russian President Vladimir Putin expand his power.

"And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not, and I think it's a very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and I don't think it should have happened", he added.

Nord Stream AG will temporarily shut down both lines of its gas pipeline for two weeks due to routine maintenance works.

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