United States threatens sanctions to the participants of Nord stream-2

Geneva Stokes
July 16, 2018

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders have expressed concern that President Trump's presence may undermine the value of the organization's decades-old alliance. Germany is a rich country.

"The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will add supply options - not buying obligations", the company said in a statement.

The previous Barack Obama administration nonetheless pointed out the disconnect from a Germany that could sign on to EU-US sanctions against Russian Federation over Ukraine and pursue energy deals with Moscow.

"I don't think it (Nord Stream 2) should have happened, and we have to talk to Germany about that", Trump said.

In the first quarter of 2018, it became the main route for Russian gas to Europe, accounting for 36 per cent of the total compared to 34 per cent via Ukraine, EU officials said.

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The looming Russian-German energy power center is risky for European security, top regional officials have said, and complicates Berlin's willingness and ability to impose economic sanctions on Moscow for its aggression against Ukraine, its meddling in foreign elections and other brazen acts. If Germany and other Europeans consider Russian Federation to be a threat to world peace and the global order, they should behave that way by boosting defense and reducing trade with Moscow. The West, especially European Union leader Germany, should be treating Vladimir Putin as a pariah for a long list of terrorist acts and barbarism, including its wars in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, its attacks on Western democracies and its suppression of human rights at home.

Buechele also said that to claim Russian Federation would be able to control gas markets was "factually wrong and politically absurd".

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told The Washington Times last month that the pipeline is a unsafe project created to help Russian President Vladimir Putin expand his power. And he has fastened a "witch hunt" tag to the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible planning between Russian Federation and Trump's Republican presidential campaign. 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.

But Trump's harsh criticism of Germany echoes statements from US officials from past administrations, including Kerry himself, according to recently resurfaced videos, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

He's also correct to say that Europe should be doing more to defend itself.

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