As previously reported, trump has sharply criticized the system of construction of the gas pipeline "Nord stream-2" and called Germany dependent on Russian Federation. "I think it is a horrific thing that's being done when you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany primarily. into the coffers of Russia", Trump said at a news conference on Friday after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May. "And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not". "His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin than to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies".
Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and USA allies".
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. I think it's very bad for Germany.
European countries may block construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2", if you take the radical position of the United States. "How can you be working for peace and working from strength when somebody has that kind of power over you", the United States president said. "And we can not lose sight of that".
Some in Washington have called for Nord Stream 2 and its leaders, such as its chairman former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to be added to US Treasury sanctions lists. "I know will fundamentally destabilize Ukraine".
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History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies.
She said she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite sided with Trump on Wednesday after his remarks, saying that she views the project "as geopolitical, politically motivated, having no economic justification and also binding hands for some European countries to pursue a free energy policy".
Denmark, Finland and Sweden are on the long underwater pipeline route that would double the amount of Russian gas Germany receives.