Annual maintenance shutdown of Nord Stream pipeline

EU, U.S. discuss Nord Stream 2, prospect of Ukrainian gas transit – Sefcovic

‘Russia captive’ remark: Moscow slams Trump, says US bullying Europe to buy its energy

The EU's energy chief, Maros Sefcovic, said that the EU-US Energy Council discussed Nord Stream 2, aid to Ukraine in the form of energy reforms and the upcoming trilateral gas talks with Russia, Sputnik reports.

"I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where [NATO is] supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, referring to Berlin's deal for the gas pipeline.

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Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine has declined since the Nord Stream I pipeline opened in 2011.

"The president. thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the EU's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that, straight to his face", he said.

Russian Federation and Germany have many times stressed that Nord Stream 2 was only a commercial project and was not politically motivated. According to Trump, after the installation of this gas pipeline, Germany will get about 70% of its energy resources from Russian Federation.

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Tensions between Washington and Berlin over the pipeline flared in May, with State Department envoys warning that the US might impose sanctions to prevent the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was more diplomatic than Trump, but the same message was directed toward Germany. She said that she has explored the issues with Ukraine which confronts the pipeline due to the influence it would provide Russian Federation over European countries. There are always other options, the US secretary said, noting that the parties had held frank discussions on Nord Stream 2.

If built, the 1,200-kilometre pipeline, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will supply around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea, circumventing Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine.

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