US President Donald Trump has criticized Germany over its support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, claiming this gives Russian Federation power over European energy.
The US is opposed to the project because it will increase Europe's reliance on Russian Federation for gas supplies.
Trump is set to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first ever summit in Helsinki on July 16 though Moscow said the former's remarks were unlikely to affect what was always going to be a hard summit between two countries known to have several differences, the Reuters report added.
Berlin has given political support to the building of a new, Dollars 11 billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea called Nord Stream 2, despite qualms among other European Union states. Both Germany and Russian Federation have insisted that project is a private business affair.
He said the Kremlin viewed the US's objections to the new pipeline project were part of its strategy to force Europe to buy costlier liquefied natural gas from its own shores, the report added. We're supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation.More news: Mahrez explains why he signed for Manchester City
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"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all these countries (via Nato)".
"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", he said.
Mr Trump said at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Brussels "So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and you pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".
Trump told Germany at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday that it was wrong to support an US$11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organisation targets for defence spending. "I do not think it's good, you do not work from a position of strength, you gave up all your power", Trump warned. Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it a tiny bit by 2030.