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.
Trump is in Brussels to demand that the alliance's European members sharply boost their defense to meet NATO's spending benchmark of 2 percent of gross domestic product. But if it's the second, that will be very hard to achieve.
Europe as a whole consumed about 425 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year ago, of which about 150 billion cubic meters came from Russian Federation.
The US has issued a new warning that it might sanction western companies that take part in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which aims to connect Germany directly to Russian natural gas, Reuters reports.
He said Trump's remarks, which came as he berated Germany at the start of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday, were likely to "complicate" discussions when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week.
"Germany is closer to the United States because in many ways it rather depends on the US than on Russian Federation". "Energy is a much different story than normal trade". His meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week is generating widespread concern.
German officials have said they don't expect the U.S.to sanction the pipeline, and Trump did not refer to sanctions during his heated exchange with Stoltenberg. The US alleged that Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. Naturally this costs more than simply putting natural gas in a pipeline and sending it off.
Most Eastern European countries have expressed their concern over the pipeline project over the years, claiming it directly threatens the security of their countries as Russian Federation will able to use its vast energy resources as a way to have leverage over Western Europe. In addition, Qatar, Australia and other countries are way ahead of the United States in developing liquefaction facilities. It is exceedingly doubtful that U.S. LNG will ever be a major source of supply to Germany.