German business group enraged by Trump attacks on Nord Stream pipeline

Trump lashed the German government on the project during a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Wednesday.

"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk", said a spokesman for the US State Department.

"So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and you pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate", Trump noted.

"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.

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and US allies".

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. That said, the works have been scheduled in close co-ordination with Nord Stream AG's upstream and downstream partners so that gas supply to European customers during that period is ensured via the alternative transportation route. "And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not".

"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".

"The framework conditions for the energy cooperation between Russian Federation and Europe are determined by the European countries themselves - and not by third-party countries", he said in August 2017.

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.

"Trade is wonderful, energy is a whole different story", Trump said.

According to the US Energy Information Adminstration, US exports of LNG soared from 0.5 billion cubic feet per day in 2016 to 1.94 billion cubic feet per day past year.

Earlier it was reported that in the European Union there is a growing number of opponents of Nord stream-2.

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Nord Stream was a source of disagreement with Germany. Canada has been explicit in their worldwide communications with many countries.

"We discussed it with Ukraine", Freeland said. A number of countries want to change the rules of construction of gas pipelines in the EU.

  • Tracy Klein