Kremlin rejects Trump's description of Germany as Russian 'captive'

Freeland Vance Sajjan
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14 July, 2018

Nord Stream 2's delivery system is created to carry up to 55 billion cubic meters (1.942 trillion cubic feet) of gas per year.

The Trudeau government and the Trump administration have found a rare patch of common ground at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels - shared concern about a proposed Russian pipeline that would cross through the Baltic Sea into Germany.

"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. We're protecting France. We're protecting all of these countries.

Canada possesses important disquiet with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would yield gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia", Trump said.

The energy partnership with Russian Federation had stretched over decades with mutual benefits, and gas imports from Russian Federation were a competitively priced and reliable energy source for private consumers and industry, he said.

As Europe's own supplies are running out, the United States is hoping to gain access to a profitable market with growing demand.

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Does it affect USA business interests?

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

The company set up to build Russia's new natural gas pipeline to Europe hit back at criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, noting that building the link doesn't require anyone to buy the fuel. 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.

Its companies have already started selling gas obtained by fracking to European countries, backed by United States authorities who say Europe should seek alternatives to Russian Federation. Most recently, he became chairman of Rosneft, which is Russia's largest oil company and controlled by the Kremlin. "The two-week shutdown allows us to maintain our highest standards", Nord Stream AG's Managing Director Alexey Zaytsev pointed out.

The German committee groups 350 members active in 29 countries in eastern Europe accounting for about a fifth of Germany's total foreign trade, which is more sizeable than bilateral trades Germany conducts with the US and China individually. The Germans' hope on that front may also be based on their long dealings with the Soviet Union throughout the cold war, when open hostility and more low-key cooperation went hand in hand.

Germany's cold war legacy may help explain why Berlin is so vehement on making itself more dependent on a nation that has annexed foreign territories and cut off energy supplies in the past. And he has fastened a "witch hunt" tag to the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible planning between Russian Federation and Trump's Republican presidential campaign.


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