Kremlin rejects Trump's description of Germany as Russian 'captive'

Kremlin rejects Trump's description of Germany as Russian 'captive'

Trump, who never misses a chance to accuse Angela Merkel's Germany of free-riding on USA generosity, told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that Nord Stream 2 would make Berlin "captive" to Russian interests. "I think that's very inappropriate", he said as Upstream went to press.

The remark drew fury from top Democrats, who claimed it was an example of Trump being loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the expense of America's closest allies. Macron said he was not surprised by such behavior trump. Thus, talking to reporters, he sharply criticized Germany in particular, calling it Russia's "captive".

In May 2016, Kerry was speaking in Washington, D.C. together with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, where he expressed concerns about the very same energy project Germany is undergoing.

This is not the first time Trump has bashed Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. 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. "And we can not lose sight of that".

Russian Federation is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine with which it has poor relations. "From our perspective, it looks like a fairly bad deal ..."

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He stressed that Nord Stream-2 does not participate in political speculation and pointed out that the project had already received permits from four of the five countries that will be directly affected by the pipeline's construction. "I know will fundamentally destabilize Ukraine".

He said that "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation, cause they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline".

Trump praised Poland, noting that the Eastern European country "won't accept the (Russian) gas".

"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.

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