Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe into Buying US LNG

Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe into Buying US LNG

Kremlin Accuses Trump of Trying to Bully Europe into Buying US LNG

Mr Trump said at the residence of the United States ambassador in Brussels "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".

At the summit's space U.S. President Donald Trump condemned against what he denoted as an enormous gas deal between Germany and Russian Federation, beckoning it unbecoming.

Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic has informed the U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the proposal of the EC for correcting the EU gas directive in connection with the discussions on Nord Stream 2.

"And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not, and I think it's a very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and I don't think it should have happened", he added.

"Nord Stream I and II are purely commercial projects that correspond to the interests of suppliers of natural gas and the buyers of natural gas in Western Europe", he said. "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". Germany budgets about 1.2 percent of its GDP on the military, whereas the USA spends closer to 4 percent, a gap Trump has repeatedly criticized.

And we stressed our well-known concerns about Nord Stream 2, Sefcovic said at a press conference on Thursday after the EU-U.S. Energy Council held in Brussels.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation. She said that she has explored the issues with Ukraine which confronts the pipeline due to the influence it would provide Russian Federation over European countries.

"We discussed it with Ukraine, [for example]". There are always other options, the USA secretary said, noting that the parties had held frank discussions on Nord Stream 2.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite sided with Trump on Wednesday after his remarks, saying that she views the project "as geopolitical, politically motivated, having no economic justification and also binding hands for some European countries to pursue a free energy policy".

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