German officials have said they don't expect the U.S.to sanction the pipeline, and Trump did not refer to sanctions during his heated exchange with Stoltenberg.
Continuing Russia's gas transit through Ukraine is of strategic importance to the EU, Maros Sefcovic said in a statement. Chancellor Angela Merkel - herself a daughter of the country's Soviet occupation of East Germany - may.
He also said that the project will make Germany dependent on Russian Federation.
According to the politician, the issue of "North stream-2" Germany will be closer to the United States of America than to Russian Federation. So we're protecting Germany. "I think that's very inappropriate", he said as Upstream went to press. Its companies have already started selling gas obtained by fracking to European countries, backed by USA authorities who say Europe should seek alternatives to Russian Federation. The rest, however, is being financed by five western companies: ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall. 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.
The looming Russian-German energy power center is unsafe for European security, top regional officials have said, and complicates Berlin's willingness and ability to impose economic sanctions on Moscow for its aggression against Ukraine, its meddling in foreign elections and other brazen acts.
Arriving in Brussels for a two-day alliance summit, the United States president said it was "totally inappropriate" that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for oil and gas while spending little over 1 per cent of its GDP on defence.
Earlier it was reported that in the European Union there is a growing number of opponents of Nord stream-2.
".Supplies of pipeline gas do not lead to dependence of one country on another but to complete mutual dependence".
"Trade is wonderful, energy is a whole different story", Trump said.
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. The Trump administration also reportedly is weighing fresh economic sanctions against Moscow if it moves forward with the pipeline.