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US Warns Of Sanctions Risk To Germany-Russia Gas Pipeline

US Warns Of Sanctions Risk To Germany-Russia Gas Pipeline

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump is pressuring Germany to drop support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project with Russian Federation in exchange for talks on a new trade deal with the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported May 17.

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom said this week it was starting preparatory work off Germany's Baltic coast.

"Does he agree that there appears to be no economic justification for this, but it is instead a political project created to increase European dependence on Russian gas and to weaken Ukraine and will he press that point on our allies, particularly Germany and Denmark?" She has specified that this means that any pipeline construction project in the world could potentially be under sanctions.

ClientEarth said it has submitted a complaint to a Finnish court to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the country.

In early April, after meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House, Trump criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The German government's point man for Russia, Dirk Wiese, said it would continue to look for "islands of cooperation" with Russia, including a continued commitment to the Iranian nuclear accord, despite differences over Ukraine and European Union sanctions.

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

Altmaier has said he is optimistic that a "substantial" amount of gas will continue to flow through Ukraine when the Baltic pipeline starts operating.

The United States also opposes the Turkish Stream offshore pipeline that would bring Russian gas via the Black Sea to Turkey for the same reasons, she said. Up to now Turkey received Russian gas transited via Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

She said the Baltic was a congested, sensitive military area.

Oudkirk said the USA also opposed the pipeline due to security concerns, adding it would allow Russian Federation to place listening devices along the pipeline's route, although she declined to comment on specific devices.

"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route and that is a threat".

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

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