U.S. President Donald Trump is pressuring Germany to pull out of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, a report said Thursday.
Opponents of the project - including Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Moldova, USA and Denmark argue that the "Nord stream-2" will increase the EU's dependence on Gazprom, which already supplies about a third of the volume of gas in the EU.
Washington warned that the project to double the amount of Russian gas exported to Germany could trigger a new set of sanctions.
According to them, trump at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that Berlin should stop supporting the "Nord stream".
"That means that any pipeline project, and there are multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered, is at an elevated sanctions risk", Bloomberg cited Oudkirk as saying.
The German government's point man for Russia, Dirk Wiese, said it would continue to look for "islands of cooperation" with Russia, including a continued commitment to the Iranian nuclear accord, despite differences over Ukraine and European Union sanctions.
Despite taking a hard line against Russian Federation in recent years over its aggression in Ukraine and other matters, Merkel has defended the pipeline project, saying Germany badly needs to secure its gas supplies.
Oudkirk said Washington's objections included past Russian moves to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine and other countries, adding that it would perpetuate "vulnerabilities" in Russian-European ties for another 30 to 40 years.
In addition, the United States has threatened to sanction European companies that help build the pipeline. Up to now Turkey received Russian gas transited via Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.
"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route and that is a threat".
In early may of 2018 in Germany started the construction of Nord stream-2, although not all countries have given permission for the construction of this pipeline.