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Germany 'controlled' by Russian Federation on gas, Trump says

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Annual maintenance shutdown of Nord Stream pipeline

Nord Stream 2 AG, which has started construction work on the project that will bring gas from Russian Federation into Germany via the Baltic Sea, said that the pipeline has been built according to European Union and national law and will sell gas to Europe at market prices.

Mr Trump said at the residence of the United States 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". Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said USA commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector.

Speaking in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said he had not heard any of his European Union counterparts talk positively about Nord Stream 2 and said Washington didn't like it because it didn't promote diversity of supply. "I do not think it's good, you do not work from a position of strength, you gave up all your power", Trump warned.

Since its start, the Nord Stream pipelines have enabled the stable delivery of natural gas for Europe.

The total project cost of the Nord Stream 2 is estimated at €9.9 bln.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation. 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.

"For decades Russian Federation has shown and continues to show it is a reliable supplier of energy security to Europe", Peskov added. "This project has provoked a very heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic, and we are convinced would absolutely have an adverse impact on Ukraine, on Slovakia, and Eastern Europe".

"But the decision (for such projects - ed.) countries are sovereign".

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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