Trump Hits Germany Over Russia Pipeline

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Since its start, the Nord Stream pipelines have enabled the stable delivery of natural gas for Europe.

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. "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".

Nord Stream 2 will expand the existing Nord Stream main gas pipeline by linking Russian Federation and Germany via the Baltic seabed, bypassing Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.

When German officials headed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels this week, they were already prepared for what they considered to be an inevitable attack by US President Donald Trump over their low defence spending.

He said choosing gas supplier should be based on the buyers' own benefits.

Russian Federation has a long history of cutting off access to energy as leverage over Europe and that won't stop, he said. In 2017, Germany used up a record 53 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, comprising about 40 percent of Germany's total gas consumption.

The gas pipeline will not cross transit countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, running through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

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The United States opposes the project Nord stream-2.

"[Russia is] trying to sneak offshore, go through the Baltic Sea, come on shore in Germany, not get caught bribing governments or the European Union to get the pipeline over land", he said.

"Regular maintenance is necessary to operate the Nord Stream twin pipeline safely, efficiently and reliably".

Some in Washington have called for Nord Stream 2 and its leaders, such as its chairman former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to be added to US Treasury sanctions lists. Canada has been explicit in their worldwide communications with many countries.

So far, however, Nord Stream 2 has only had one real impact: driving a wedge between Germany and other Western nations.

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions".

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