Trump Pressures Germany to Drop Russian Pipeline Trade Deal

Steel pipes for the North Stream 2 pipeline are uploaded in Mukran harbour in Sassnitz Germany

Just Business? US Prepares to Hit Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline With Sanctions

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Oudkirk said the project could sanctioned under a bill passed in August 2017.

The $11 billion project would double the amount of natural gas Russian Federation can funnel to Western Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia.

In any case, this project has divided the European Union as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are opposed to the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline; the main argument is Russia's increasing commitment to Europe in this way, constantly reminding the example of Ukraine.

"Any pipeline project-and there are many multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered by this sanctions authority-is in an elevated position of sanctions risk", she said.

The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said. We can understand this, and we are prepared to take effort to ensure this gas reaches Germany easier. At the same time, Oudkirk has not specified what kind of devices are in question.

"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route, and that is a threat", she said.

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The warning came as a consortium of European companies, led by Russia's Gazprom, announced the start of preparatory works for constructing the pipeline.

The President of the United States Donald trump tried to convince Germany to abandon the project "Nord stream-2".

German officials have acknowledged a need to consider the interests of Ukraine.

The legislation, allowing the USA government to take steps against Russian energy projects, was passed in response to Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis, as well as the Kremlin's alleged meddling the U.S. presidential elections.

Merkel sent her economy minister, Peter Altmaier, to Moscow and Kyiv this week to try to secure a deal that would keep some gas flowing through Ukraine, which now earns up to 2 billion euros a year from transit fees.

Mr Whittingdale said: "Does he share the widespread concern about the proposed Russian gas pipe line Nord Stream 2".

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