Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe to Buy American Energy

Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe to Buy American Energy

"And you tell me that is appropriate, because I think it's not and I think it's a very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and I don't think it should have happened".

Trump - who advocates increasing U.S. liquified natural gas exports - said "Germany got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation".

"Supplies of pipeline gas do not lead to dependence of one country on another but to complete mutual dependence".

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"US officials have advised me not to believe claims that the Nord Stream 2 project was underway and could not be stopped", said Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said.

Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe.

"We consider that it's a question of economic competition and that ... the buyers must take their own decision", he said. It would run 1,200 km, mostly under the Baltic Sea along the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

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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. "But if Germany opts to drop this new pipeline, then obviously the opportunity for LNG would be much greater", Kokin said.

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.

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.

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