Trump urged Merkel to abandon the "Nord stream-2"

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

According to sources in the White house and Brussels, trump announced his position on the pipeline at talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in April.

November 12, 2017 the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk urged the EU to accelerate work on the legislative block of the Russian project Nord stream-2.

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.

Tory former Cabinet minister John Whittingdale later raised concern about the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Central and Western Europe.

The US government is reportedly preparing to employ punitive measures against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline which may soon create another route for shipping Russian natural gas to Europe.

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While Merkel has taken a hard line on what it considers hostile Russian actions in recent years-from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain-Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.

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.

Oudkirk said Washington's objections included past Russian moves to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine and other countries, adding that it would perpetuate "vulnerabilities" in Russian-European ties for another 30 to 40 years.

Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the USA and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe. In addition, the foreign Ministry explained why the "Nord stream-2" favorable to Germany.

Denmark is considering passing a law that could block a disputed Russian pipeline project which would run through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's territory due to security concerns.

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