Trump slams Germany over Russian gas pipeline, calling it ‘a frightful mistake’

US President Donald Trump joins European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May French President Emmanuel Macron for a “family

US President Donald Trump joins European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May French President Emmanuel Macron for a “family

"70 percent of its energy coming in from Russia", said Trump, pointing out Germany's growing reliance on Russian energy. I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said.

Reuters reported that US President Mr Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, saying Berlin had become "a captive to Russia" and he criticised it for failing to raise defence spending more.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Trump, saying in a Twitter message that Trump's remarks about Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were "disgraceful, destructive and flies in the face of the actual interest of the United States of America".

Peskov said Moscow regarded U.S. objections to the new pipeline as "unfair competition" aimed at trying to force European countries to buy costlier USA liquefied natural gas. 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. "Ultimately, Germany will have nearly 70% of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas", Trump said.

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

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He stressed that Nord Stream-2 does not participate in political speculation and pointed out that the project had already received permits from four of the five countries that will be directly affected by the pipeline's construction.

This is not the first time Trump has bashed Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

"As for attempts to organize various attacks on this commercial project (Nord Stream 2 - TASS), we have said before that we consider this to be a manifestation of unfair competition", Peskov said. It would run 1,200 km, mostly under the Baltic Sea along the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all these countries (via Nato)".

"The president is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Perry.

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