Stoltenberg acknowledged that Nord Stream was a source of disagreement with Germany. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We're supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation.
Trump asserted Wednesday during a meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general that Germany is beholden to Russian over its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with the Kremlin aimed at doubling energy imports from the country's state-owned energy giant Gazprom.
Nord Stream 2 pushed back against Trump's comments, noting that the pipeline route doesn't come with a requirement that Germany purchase the gas that's shipped in.
Over the next few decades, Europe's own gas resources - which accounted for about a third of its supplies in 2016 - are expected to gradually disappear. "This narrative has much deeper context because whoever controls energy distribution in Eurasia has the control and this has always been the contest between the United States and Russian Federation".
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She said she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.
The temporary interruption of supplies has been factored into the nominations of gas to be transported via Nord Stream to downstream European partners. He later said they discussed Nord Stream 2 but did not give specifics of the conversation. That already stood in strong contrast to her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder of the Social Democrats, who long championed the gas connection.
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"The framework conditions for the energy cooperation between Russian Federation and Europe are determined by the European countries themselves - and not by third-party countries", he said in August 2017.
But in the years since, doubts have arisen whether the official arguments fully explain Berlin's decision-making process at the time. Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said US commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.
What does the future hold for Nord Stream 2? Most recently, he became chairman of Rosneft, which is Russia's largest oil company and controlled by the Kremlin.
Some in Washington have called for Nord Stream 2 and its leaders, such as its chairman former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to be added to US Treasury sanctions lists.
Buechele also said that to claim Russian Federation would be able to control gas markets was "factually wrong and politically absurd".
".Supplies of pipeline gas do not lead to dependence of one country on another but to complete mutual dependence". But Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24 per cent, compared with 3.5 per cent for the US.