US pitches Europe its gas as alternative to Russia’s

Nord Stream worker

"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk", a spokesman for the U.S. State Department told Reuters.

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".

He recalled that the Russian side has repeatedly pointed out that "Nord stream - 2" is a purely commercial project. "Russian gas can and should be part of the European market, but that market needs to be open and competitive". The Kremlin is confident that Nord Stream 2 will not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation. We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. "Therefore, choosing between Russian Federation and the United States, Germany is not willing to lose markets in the US", the politician said as reported by Apostrophe, a Ukrainian news outlet. It's going nearly stop exporting gas 10 years from now.

"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

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Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic has informed the U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the proposal of the EC for correcting the EU gas directive in connection with the discussions on Nord Stream 2.

Earlier, trump criticized the implementation of the "Nord stream - 2". He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

"As has been proven in the past, a trilateral process is the most effective platform to seek a satisfactory solution to the gas matters important for involved parties and to gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2019", Šefčovič said.

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