Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Why is Trump targeting a new pipeline to Germany?

Why is Trump targeting a new pipeline to Germany?

European countries may block construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2", if you take the radical position of the United States.

Mr Trump said at the residence of the United States ambassador in Brussels "So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and you pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

Democrats criticized President Donald Trump this week after he called Germany "a captive to Russia" over the Baltic Sea pipeline project - even though prominent Democrats John Kerry and Joe Biden have expressed the same concerns.

The Nord Stream and Turk Stream developments are controversial because they will connect Russian gas fields to the central European market, bypassing neighbors like Ukraine.

"I don't think it (Nord Stream 2) should have happened, and we have to talk to Germany about that", Trump said.

Since its start, the Nord Stream pipelines have enabled the stable delivery of natural gas for Europe.

While in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday, Trump criticised Berlin for doing business with Russia while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was trying to protect Europe from potential Russian aggression.

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.

He added that "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately".

The US is opposed to the project because it will increase Europe's reliance on Russian Federation for gas supplies. There are always other options, the USA secretary said, noting that the parties had held frank discussions on Nord Stream 2. She said that she has explored the issues with Ukraine which confronts the pipeline due to the influence it would provide Russian Federation over European countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, countered Thursday, saying "natural gas pipelines lead not to a dependence of one country from another, but to mutual interdependence".

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