Lavrov comments on USA position on Nord Stream 2

13 July, 2018, 21:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Donald Trump saying Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting from 60 to 70% of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump argued Wednesday that the new natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".

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". However, Merkel insists the project is a private commercial venture and is not funded by German taxpayers. "70 percent of its energy coming in from Russia", said Trump, pointing out Germany's growing reliance on Russian energy.

"We are supposed to be protecting you from Russian Federation, but why are you paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for energy?"


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. "You tell me, is that appropriate?"

Trump's mention of a former German head-of-state in charge of the pipeline company was a reference to Germany's controversial former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, a long-time pro-Russian politician who enjoys a close personal friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is now the chairman of Nord Stream AG and Rosneft, Russia's second-largest state-run company after energy giant Gazprom.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Trump, saying in a Twitter message that Trump's remarks about Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were "disgraceful, destructive and flies in the face of the actual interest of the United States of America". "I do not think it's good, you do not work from a position of strength, you gave up all your power", Trump warned. "Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem".

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