The US president also called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to immediately do something about the matter. 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.
Poland's foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, also welcomed Trump's comments, pointing out that "some countries are too close" and that the gas pipeline would help to fund the Russian military. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk told Bloomberg that the US is also anxious the pipeline could open ways for Russian Federation to install undersea surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea.More news: Brit exposed to deadly nerve agent regains consciousness
In the wake of Trump's statement, Nord Stream-2's European Union representative, Sebastian Sass, told New Europe on July 11, "The implementation of this project is not subject to a political sentiment, but a comprehensive framework of permitting procedures following clearly defined legal requirements that are based on European Union and national legislation, as well as worldwide conventions".
"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. 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. We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said.More news: Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge
"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.
"The question is what happens to Germany's gas imports when the Netherlands stops exporting its gas". If it doesn't get cancelled, this opportunity will still present itself.More news: Marvel's Black Widow finally lands a director
"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "But if Germany opts to drop this new pipeline, then obviously the opportunity for LNG would be much greater", Kokin said. Mr Trump, meeting reporters with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, before a NATO summit in Brussels, said it was "very inappropriate" that the United States was paying for European defence against Russian Federation while Germany, the biggest European economy, was supporting gas deals with Moscow. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.