US pitches Europe its gas as alternative to Russia’s

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

"I think that's very inappropriate", he said as Upstream went to press.

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.

Poland's foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, also welcomed Trump's comments, pointing out that "some countries are too close" and that the gas pipeline would help to fund the Russian military.

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said in Brussels that he did not hear any of the European Union countries viewing Nord Stream 2 positively, the report said. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said. Dmitry Peskov said the United States objections to the new pipeline deal between Russian Federation and Germany are unfair.

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"It will have to be somehow replaced with something, and there is an opening for LNG (liquified natural gas), obviously, if Nord Stream-2 gets cancelled...this opening will be larger".

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. "In theory, that is possible, but in practice, I don't think that's going to happen because much of the new gas from this Nord Stream-2 pipeline will go to other countries, not to Germany", Kokin said.

The Nord Stream and Turk Stream developments are controversial because they will connect Russian gas fields to the central European market, bypassing neighbors like Ukraine.

The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying Moscow and Berlin were equally dependent on each other. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

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