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

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Canada possesses important disquiet with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would yield gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

"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", Trump said in a video of the meeting on Twitter.

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. "You tell me, is that appropriate?"

Critics argue that the Nord Stream 2 is unnecessary and is a politically inspired move by Russian Federation to avoid paying transit fees to Poland, the Baltic states and, most important, Ukraine for the right to transport natural gas through these countries on its way to Europe.

But Trump's harsh criticism of Germany echoes statements from USA officials from past administrations, including Kerry himself, according to recently resurfaced videos, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

"We're also going to discuss one other specific issue of deep concern to me and to everybody here, and I think that's the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Kerry said then.

"Nord stream-2", which may not happen if the Europeans will take a rational position in the United States, and common sense will prevail.

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. It would run 1,200 km, mostly under the Baltic Sea along the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

European Union gas imports come mainly from Russian Federation, which accounts for 41 per cent of them, then Norway at 35 per cent, North Africa at 12 per cent and LNG suppliers at 12 per cent. She said that she has explored the issues with Ukraine which confronts the pipeline due to the influence it would provide Russian Federation over European countries.

Expanding his line of attack Trump took his complaints beyond North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member country defence budgets to an economic project that has already divided Europeans.

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