Trump Hits Germany Over Russia Pipeline

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Germany is indeed Russia's biggest export market in Europe for gas, with a dependency that may grow further once Nord Stream 2 is finished.

Trump made the comments at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, telling Germany it was wrong to support an $11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending. At a dinner to kick off the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, President Trump berated European leaders for making the concession.

"Nord stream-2", which may not happen if the Europeans will take a rational position in the United States, and common sense will prevail. 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.

Ukraine is making about $2 billion (€1.7) on gas transit fees per year, making it a key source of income for the impoverished country. "You tell me, is that appropriate?"

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was more diplomatic than Trump, but the same message was directed toward Germany.

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, said he was "very pleased" with Freeland's statement Wednesday.

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Nord Stream II "is an example of European countries supplying funds to Russian Federation, which can be used against the security of Poland", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said yesterday. In Department believe that the pipeline would undermine energy security and stability of Europe.

"They will use that to weaken the European Union, to divide the European allies", Shevchenko said in an interview. And she has been a steadfast defender of Ukraine, which saw its Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and continues to contend with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern region.

The US also has a practical reason to oppose Nord Stream 2.

Perry said that new LNG expert terminals are coming on line in the eastern United States and that USA and European scientists and engineers are working togther to improve supply.

Ms Merkel shot back that Germany had the right to make its own policy choices, setting up an explosive one-on-one meeting with Mr Trump later in the afternoon.

The pipeline has been approved by Russian Federation and three other countries whose territorial waters are being used to lay the pipeline: Sweden, Finland and Germany.

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