Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Trump scolds Europe on gas

Trump, Merkel trade barbs over Russia at Nato summit Donald Trump's Nord Stream objection divides NATO
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 21:26

Mr Trump said at the residence of the U.S. 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".

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

The Kremlin on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies. Peskov said supplies of gas doesn't make one country dependent on another but only completes "mutual dependence" which he said guaranteed "stability and future development", Reuters added.

"The project continues to progress as planned", Sass said, stressing that Nord Stream-2 is a commercial investment by six leading energy companies from five different European countries. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said.

Canada also said it had doubts about the Nord Stream 2 project that would be used to export gas to Germany.

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

"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "In theory, if you tried to imagine a scenario where all the imports from the Netherlands stopped altogether, and there was only Norway and Russian Federation left as sources of gas, then it's possible that Russian Federation basically increases its share up to 60-70%".

The European Union has stressed that Russian gas transit through Ukraine should be maintained after 2019 when the contract expires even if Nord Stream-2 is built.

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.