Trump urged Merkel to abandon the "Nord stream-2"

Clay Curtis
May 18, 2018

A pipeline project between Russian Federation and Germany risks triggering US sanctions because of security concerns, a senior American diplomat said Thursday.

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

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Earlier, trump had already criticized the construction of the Nord stream-2, saying at a meeting with Baltic leaders that "Germany would pay billions of dollars for energy resources from Russian Federation...and this is bad". In addition, the foreign Ministry explained why the "Nord stream-2" favorable to Germany. The government of Chancellor Merkel strongly supports the project, arguing that it is based on only economic interest.

2 Nord stream will pass along the Nord stream gas pipeline under the Baltic sea to the German city of Greifswald to minimize gas flow through Ukraine.

Media: trump urged Merkel to abandon the “Nord stream-2”

The Nord Stream 2 project is also raising security concerns and could lead to US sanctions, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk said Thursday in Berlin.

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.

Price for preventing a so-called trade war between the European Union and the US should be the refusal of Berlin from the construction of the "Nord stream 2".

Economy minister Peter Altmaier defended the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is strongly opposed by many East European countries as well as the US, who say that by circumventing Ukraine the pipeline will increase Russia's leverage over countries that rely on Moscow's energy sales. In this regard, Russian Federation was forced to develop an alternative route around the country.

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