Nord Stream 2 would not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation

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"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia". "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.

Trump told Germany at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday that it was wrong to support an US$11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organisation targets for defence spending.

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.

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This sensitive matter [on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline] has been discussed in the European Union for some time.

Five European companies have been involved in Nord Stream 2 - Wintershall and Uniper from Germany, OMV from Austria, Anglo-Dutch Shell and Engie from France. "Russian gas can and should be part of the European market, but that market needs to be open and competitive". "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation". But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation, because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said. "I think it is a horrific thing that's being done when you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany primarily. into the coffers of Russia", Trump said at a news conference on Friday after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

"We consider that it's a question of economic competition and that ... the buyers must take their own decision", he said.

Earlier, trump criticized the implementation of the "Nord stream - 2".

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