UNIAN: Russian politician explains why European Union could block Nord Stream 2

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 13, 2018

Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe.

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.

He recalled that the Russian side has repeatedly pointed out that "Nord stream - 2" is a purely commercial project. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ostausschuss), which unites members accounting for about a fifth of the country's total foreign trade, has accused the USA of trying to interfere in Germany's foreign affairs. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal (Nord Stream 2) with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

"We consider that it's a question of economic competition and that ... the buyers must take their own decision", he said.

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"Germany closer to the United States, because in many ways much more dependent on the U.S. than from Russian Federation".

"A "and the stream-2" is a tool in the hands of the Kremlin of waging a hybrid war".

The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying Moscow and Berlin were equally dependent on each other.

"The president is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Perry. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

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