Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe into Buying US LNG

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He added the USA criticism of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline was rooted in Washington's desire to encourage European Union nations to buy more expensive liquefied gas from the U.S. "We believe the pipeline would undermine Europe's overall energy security and stability by providing Russian Federation another tool for the political coercion of European countries, especially Ukraine". US President Donald Trump slammed Berlin in July 2018, saying it was "captive to Russia" due to its energy policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in Brussels to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives.

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.

The energy partnership with Russian Federation had stretched over decades with mutual benefits, and gas imports from Russian Federation were a competitively priced and reliable energy source for private consumers and industry, he said.

Yes. Trump has backed a push by United States gas suppliers to find new markets and an increase in cheap Russian gas supplies to Europe would reduce their export opportunities.

"When it comes to Nord Stream, Canada has significant concerns about the project", she said.

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is scheduled to be put into operation in late 2019. In June 2014, amid the fallout over the Russian annexation of Crimea months earlier, Russia cut off Ukraine's gas supplies for weeks in what Kiev said was an attempt to blackmail Ukraine. Within weeks, he started to oversee the project implementation himself, leading the Nord Stream AG's shareholder committee.

Russian steel companies have shipped several batches of large-diameter pipes to the construction sites.

The German committee groups 350 members active in 29 countries in eastern Europe accounting for about a fifth of Germany's total foreign trade, which is more sizeable than bilateral trades Germany conducts with the USA and China individually.

He said that the deal meant that Germany was now "totally controlled" by Moscow. "I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom", Merkel said.

Trump didn't identify Nord Stream 2 by name.

"Many countries owe us".