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Trump's criticism of Russia-Germany gas project aims to promote US LNG

14 July 2018

Canada and the United States found common ground Wednesday as both expressed concerns over a proposed Russian energy pipeline to Germany.

And we stressed our well-known concerns about Nord Stream 2, Sefcovic said at a press conference on Thursday after the EU-U.S. Energy Council held in Brussels. The pipeline makes good economic sense, though, because energy prices in Western Europe are dependent on Russian Federation, and numerous pipelines crossing through Ukraine into the European Union can not be maintained.

The company set up to build Russia's new natural gas pipeline to Europe hit back at criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, noting that building the link doesn't require anyone to buy the fuel.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia". Russian President Vladimir Putin said later that the project's implementation did not imply the end of the Ukrainian gas transit if it proved economically feasible.

Trump took aim at the project which is set to run from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea, where preparatory work for its construction began off the German and Finnish coasts in May.

In particular, Denmark may block or delay the construction of Nord stream-2 through its territorial waters. Canada has been explicit in their global communications with many countries.

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Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, said he was "very pleased" with Freeland's statement Wednesday. In Department believe that the pipeline would undermine energy security and stability of Europe.

Several eastern European countries oppose the pipeline, saying it would give the Kremlin greater sway over the energy needs of the entire continent.

He also added that during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit the issue of the Nord Stream 2 project took a significant part of the discussion during his bilateral meetings with the heads of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states.

"We discussed it with Ukraine", Freeland said.

"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union", she said.

Trump's criticism of Russia-Germany gas project aims to promote US LNG