Monday, 18 February, 2019

Trump 'applying political pressure' over Nord Stream 2: Polish official

Nord Stream worker Firms invested in Russian pipeline project are at the risk of sanctions, warns US
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 04:26

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.

We agreed that this is of strategic importance for the energy security of Europe, but also for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine and for the economic development of the country that has experienced many trials in these last years, Sefcovic continued. Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said USA commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.

"We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation, but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation, and I think that's very inappropriate", Trump said. Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday.

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.

He added that "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately".

In particular, Denmark may block or delay the construction of Nord stream-2 through its territorial waters. "I think that's very inappropriate", he said as Upstream went to press. And the recent discussion on tariffs for metals [aluminum and steel] really concerns them. "Canada has been clear in our global conversations with many countries".

Chelsea officially dismiss Conte with Sarri waiting in the wings
And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend. Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge.

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, said he was "very pleased" with Freeland's statement Wednesday.

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

Mr Trump renewed his call for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay in more to the Western alliance after years in which U.S. taxpayers have, he said, borne an "unfair" share of military spending.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in communist East Germany - shot back at Trump.