Trump presses Germany to drop Russian pipeline

18 May, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany regards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a safe economic project for Europe.

"They are looking for markets, which we can understand, and they can land it here easily", Altmaier said.

Oudkirk noted that Russia in the past has turned off gas supplies to Ukraine during disputes and said Washington is concerned that the Baltic pipeline might create similar "vulnerabilities" by giving Russia similar leverage over Western European nations and increasing their dependence on Russian gas.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pressuring Germany to pull out of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, a report said Thursday.

Europe will respond firmly if the USA places its own economic interests above those of others, Germany Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday. "The U.S. are our friends and partners, and we want to defend our common values".

He added that Europe will strongly react to attempts by the United States to put its economic interests above the interests of the partners.

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In early April, after meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House, Trump criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

"We just want to make the transit of gas through Ukraine was guaranteed and secured not only by Ukraine and Russian Federation but also the European Union", - quotes the Minister DW.

German officials have acknowledged a need to consider the interests of Ukraine.

While Germany and Finland have already approved the project, the United States and several European Union countries along with Ukraine claim that the pipeline will increase Europe's dependence on imported Russian gas.

Altmaier has said he is optimistic that a "substantial" amount of gas will flow through Ukraine in the future. In addition, the foreign Ministry explained why the "Nord stream-2" favorable to Germany. It has an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres (1.9 trillion cubic feet), but its capacity is planned to be doubled to 110 billion cubic metres (3.9 trillion cubic feet) by 2019, by laying two additional lines.

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