Trump Pressures Germany to Drop Russian Pipeline Trade Deal

Marsha Scott
May 18, 2018

"We would be happy if the project did not come to pass", Oudkirk said.

During the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 27, Trump offered to refuse from the support of the gas project in the exchange for new trade agreements between the United States and the EU.

"That means that any pipeline project, and there are multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered, is at an elevated sanctions risk", Bloomberg cited Oudkirk as saying.

"Germany hooks up a pipeline into Russian Federation, where Germany is going to be paying billions of dollars for energy into Russian Federation".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany regards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a safe economic project for Europe.

Oudkirk told reporters the US Congress had given the president new authority to impose sanctions against a variety of Russian pipeline projects.

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Russia's Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell, and other Western firms involved in building the pipeline started preparatory work off Germany's Baltic coast this week, and German factories are already churning out thousands of steel pipes to use in the undersea network. At the same time, Oudkirk has not specified what kind of devices are in question.

Note that the United States of America and the countries of Eastern Europe are opposed to the construction of the Nord stream - 2, and believe that its implementation will lead to an actual degradation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system and the strengthening of the Russian Federation in the gas market of the EU.

Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the USA and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.

While Merkel has taken a hard line on what it considers hostile Russian actions in recent years-from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain-Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.

"This pipeline can't be used to blackmail or negatively affect any country", he said.

According to Altmaier, the European Union must ensure that Ukraine will remain a gas even after the new pipeline will be built.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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