Trump scolds Europe on gas

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the US energy sector instead.

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. "We believe the pipeline would undermine Europe's overall energy security and stability by providing Russian Federation another tool for the political coercion of European countries, especially Ukraine". 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.

The remark drew fury from top Democrats, who claimed it was an example of Trump being loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the expense of America's closest allies.

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Nord Stream 2 pushed back against Trump's comments, noting that the pipeline route doesn't come with a requirement that Germany purchase the gas that's shipped in.

Nord Stream AG will temporarily shut down both lines of its gas pipeline for two weeks due to routine maintenance works. I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said. And the recent discussion on tariffs for metals [aluminum and steel] really concerns them.

Freeland said she had a "good conversation" with the Danish foreign minister because the pipeline "is an issue that touches very much on Denmark". He said opposing the pipeline is not only in Canada's national security interest but its economic interest as well, because even if it lacks the capacity to ship gas to Europe, it keeps future markets open.

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Several eastern European countries oppose the pipeline, saying it would give the Kremlin greater sway over the energy needs of the entire continent.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Trump, saying in a Twitter message that Trump's remarks about Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were "disgraceful, destructive and flies in the face of the actual interest of the United States of America".

"We discussed it with Ukraine", Freeland said.

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