Trump urged Merkel to abandon the "Nord stream-2"

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the US president threatened Angela Merkel a month ago with the possibility of starting a new trade war in the event that Berlin would not consider abandoning the project. Washington warned that the project to double the amount of Russian gas exported to Germany could trigger a new set of sanctions.

The Minister of economy of Germany Peter Altmaier commented on criticism of the United States of gas pipeline Nord stream-2 and promised to consider Ukraine's interests during its construction.

In addition, US intelligence is concerned about the construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2" from the Russian Federation to Germany, as it would allow Russian security services to accommodate the new technologies of listening and monitoring in the Baltic sea.

Any companies involved were in "an elevated position of sanctions risk", she said.

"We don't believe guarantees are enforceable", Oudkirk said, stressing that Moscow had clear intentions to use Nord Stream 2 to bypass Ukraine.

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Note that the US and the countries of Eastern Europe are opposed to the construction of the Nord stream - 2, and believe that its implementation will lead to an actual degradation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system and the strengthening of the Russian Federation in the gas market of the EU. It's also anxious the pipeline could open ways for Russian Federation to install undersea surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea.

"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route and that is a threat".

The warning came as a consortium of European companies, led by Russia's Gazprom, announced the start of preparatory works for constructing the pipeline.

Oudkirk brushed aside as "false" the suggestion that the U.S.is opposing the pipeline to ensure the USA has Europe as a potential market liquefied natural gas.

"Does he agree that there appears to be no economic justification for this, but it is instead a political project created to increase European dependence on Russian gas and to weaken Ukraine and will he press that point on our allies, particularly Germany and Denmark?"

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