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

Firms invested in Russian pipeline project are at the risk of sanctions, warns US

Peskov said Moscow regarded United States objections to the new pipeline as "unfair competition" aimed at trying to force European countries to buy costlier USA liquefied natural gas. 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.

But Trump's harsh criticism of Germany echoes statements from USA officials from past administrations, including Kerry himself, according to recently resurfaced videos, the Washington Free Beacon reported. I think it's very bad for Germany. So we're supposed to protect Germany, but they're getting their energy from Russian Federation.

European countries may block construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2", if you take the radical position of the United States. It's going nearly stop exporting gas 10 years from now.

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

Trump's attack on Nord Stream 2 has triggered harsh reaction in Germany. If it doesn't get cancelled, this opportunity will still present itself.

But he said the priority for now was to secure gas from the Caspian Sea region, while maintaining supplies of Russian gas through Ukrainian pipelines beyond 2019.

"Germany closer to the United States, because in many ways much more dependent on the USA than from Russian Federation". There will be terminals built in Germany or there will be pipelines built from Belgian and Dutch terminals - that's also possible. "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%".

Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic has informed the U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the proposal of the EC for correcting the EU gas directive in connection with the discussions on Nord Stream 2.

Earlier on July 11, the US president Donald Trump harshly criticized Germany during his breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the US Embassy in Brussels, claiming it's inappropriate that Germany was "making massive oil and gas deals with Russian Federation", adding that "Germany is totally controlled" by Moscow.

"As has been proven in the past, a trilateral process is the most effective platform to seek a satisfactory solution to the gas matters important for involved parties and to gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2019", Šefčovič said.

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