Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

Freeland Vance Sajjan

At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate. "And I don't think it's very good for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, if you want to know the truth".

"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call when asked about Trump's comments. "Therefore, choosing between Russian Federation and the United States, Germany is not willing to lose markets in the USA", the politician said as reported by Apostrophe, a Ukrainian news outlet.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", he said.

Trump's mention of a former German head-of-state in charge of the pipeline company was a reference to Germany's controversial former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, a long-time pro-Russian politician who enjoys a close personal friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is now the chairman of Nord Stream AG and Rosneft, Russia's second-largest state-run company after energy giant Gazprom.

History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies.

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The United States, for a number of geopolitical reasons, is vehemently objecting to the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

Washington's threats to impose sanctions on companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project had no economic basis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition".

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all these countries (via Nato)". "This is nothing more than an attempt to force European buyers to acquire more expensive liquefied gas, which can be supplied from alternative places", he added. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

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