Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. And the former Chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that's supplying the gas.
Why did Donald Trump Slam Germany at The NATO Summit? "Russian gas can and should be part of the European market, but that market needs to be open and competitive". We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries.
This is not the first time Trump has bashed Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
"The question is what happens to Germany's gas imports when the Netherlands stops exporting its gas". In August 2016, Biden decried Russia's use of its energy resources as a weapon to influence other countries and called the North Stream 2 pipeline a "fundamentally bad deal" for the continent. If it doesn't get cancelled, this opportunity will still present itself.
According to the UralSib expert, the situation that Trump described at the meeting with Stoltenberg on July 11, where Russian Federation contributes 60 to 70% of Germany's presumably gas imports, is only hypothetical.
Meanwhile, 41 percent of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation.
"We're also going to discuss one other specific issue of deep concern to me and to everybody here, and I think that's the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Kerry said then.
The Nord Stream and Turk Stream developments are controversial because they will connect Russian gas fields to the central European market, bypassing neighbors like Ukraine.
The US is opposed to the project because it will increase Europe's reliance on Russian Federation for gas supplies. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.