Germany 'controlled' by Russian Federation on gas, Trump says

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He added the US 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.

The EU's energy chief, Maros Sefcovic, said that the EU-US Energy Council discussed Nord Stream 2, aid to Ukraine in the form of energy reforms and the upcoming trilateral gas talks with Russia, Sputnik reports.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a U.S. campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the USA energy sector instead. Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said USA commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.

Trump launched his blunt attack against Germany on the very first day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that took place in Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday, saying it was wrong to back importing more Russian gas and not meeting the Nato's target for defence spending.

"How can you not get influenced by another country if someone has so much power over your, Trump questioned".

"I think it's a terrible thing that Germany's doing".

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In addition to lessening Europe's reliance on Russian gas, Trump's attack on Nord Stream-2 is also part of an effort to boost U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to Germany, Alexei Kokin, a senior oil and gas analyst at UralSib Financial Corp in Moscow, told New Europe by phone on July 12. Many critics also point out that Washington is trying to "squeeze" the supply of its LNG to the Europe, which is more high-priced than the Russian one and goes through the pipeline.

History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies.

"Facts are, energy is a key component of national security - would you rather rely on Russian Federation or the United States?" she said. "The majority of European Union countries start to understand the real goal of the Nord Stream 2".

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and US allies". "This project has provoked a very heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic, and we are convinced would absolutely have an adverse impact on Ukraine, on Slovakia, and Eastern Europe".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in communist East Germany - shot back at Trump.

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