Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline - What is the controversy about?

April FrancisJul 14, 2018

BERLIN, July 12 (Reuters) - German companies active in eastern European business on Thursday dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline plan, a day after he called Berlin "a captive to Russian Federation".

The talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on July 16 in Helsinki will be complex and it is unlikely that anything else will further complicate them, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday. Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said US commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.

At a dinner to kick off the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, President Trump berated European leaders for making the concession. "The two-week shutdown allows us to maintain our highest standards", Nord Stream AG's Managing Director Alexey Zaytsev pointed out. The German government has been pursuing its Nord Stream 2 project for years, despite criticism from the United States and some Eastern European nations. "I think that's very inappropriate", he said as Upstream went to press.

"But the strength of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is despite the differences, we have always been able to unite around our core task, to protect and defend each other, because we understand we are stronger together than apart".

"For decades Russian Federation has shown and continues to show it is a reliable supplier of energy security to Europe", Peskov added.

4 more boys rescued from Thai cave, bringing total to 8
It took hours to place oxygen tanks and guide ropes along the narrow tunnel leading to the boys. There are now five members of the Wild Boar football team now left in the cave.

The $11-billion project, led by Gazprom, aims to double capacity of the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline from next year, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine.

"The Nord Stream 2 is not an economic project, the project is absolutely political".

EU President Donald Tusk stepped up to the fight with his own salvo against Trump on Tuesday, telling him to "appreciate your allies" and reminding him Washington that Europe had come to its aid following the 9/11attacks.

"We can not allow Russian Federation to dramatically increase its stranglehold on European energy".

Ukraine and parts of eastern Europe fear their partners to the west may be much less vocal next time if they receive their natural gas through a different set of pipelines, allowing Russian Federation to cut off its unruly neighbours with impunity. Canada has been explicit in their global communications with many countries. A number of countries want to change the rules of construction of gas pipelines in the EU.

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