We can understand this, and we are prepared to take effort to ensure this gas reaches Germany easier. The two are expected to discuss the pipeline project as well as the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The length of the pipeline will be 1.2 thousand km, and the total capacity of the existing Nord stream - 55 billion cubic meters of gas.
With Europe's largest economy, Germany is the world's largest importer of natural gas and it is planning to increase reliance on gas to generate power as it phases out its nuclear power plants.
Trump told Chancellor Angela Merkel last month that Berlin should drop support for the pipeline linking Russian Federation and Germany if it wants to avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, which cited U.S., German and European officials. It is due to go online at the end of next year. At the same time, Oudkirk has not specified what kind of devices are in question.
Note that the U.S. 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.
In addition to environmental concerns, it claims the project - run by a consortium led by Russian energy firm Gazprom - "threatens the European Union's energy security, making the EU more dependent on fossil fuels".
"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route and that is a threat".
US President Donald Trump plans to promote US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a meeting next Thursday (6 July) in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies.
"This pipeline can't be used to blackmail or negatively affect any country", he said. "We're neutral on the means of conveyance", Oudkirk said, noting that Europe could get gas from the Caspian Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, Algeria and, eventually, the U.S. and Australia, reducing its dependence on Russian energy sources.
German officials have acknowledged a need to consider the interests of Ukraine.