UNIAN: Russian politician explains why European Union could block Nord Stream 2


Canada has "significant concerns" with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would bring gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday.

"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call when asked about Trump's comments.

"The president. thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the EU's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that, straight to his face", he said.

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.

Trudeau government shares concern with Trump on Russian pipeline to Germany.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

"We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation, but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation, and I think that's very inappropriate", Trump said.

The United States opposes the project Nord stream-2.

He added that "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately".

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. The US president also called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to immediately do something about the matter. The pipeline makes good economic sense, though, because energy prices in Western Europe are dependent on Russian Federation, and numerous pipelines crossing through Ukraine into the European Union can not be maintained.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite sided with Trump on Wednesday after his remarks, saying that she views the project "as geopolitical, politically motivated, having no economic justification and also binding hands for some European countries to pursue a free energy policy".