Mr Trump said at the residence of the U.S. 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". US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk told Bloomberg that the US is also anxious the pipeline could open ways for Russian Federation to install undersea surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea.
At an early breakfast meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on July 11, US President Donald J. Trump launched an attack on the German government and its plan to construct the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany. Peskov said supplies of gas doesn't make one country dependent on another but only completes "mutual dependence" which he said guaranteed "stability and future development", Reuters added.
Five European companies have been involved in Nord Stream 2 - Wintershall and Uniper from Germany, OMV from Austria, Anglo-Dutch Shell and Engie from France. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said.
"Germany closer to the United States, because in many ways much more dependent on the U.S. than from Russian Federation".
The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition". "But if Germany opts to drop this new pipeline, then obviously the opportunity for LNG would be much greater", Kokin said.
"The president is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Perry.
Earlier on July 11, the US president Donald Trump harshly criticized Germany during his breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the US Embassy in Brussels, claiming it's inappropriate that Germany was "making massive oil and gas deals with Russian Federation", adding that "Germany is totally controlled" by Moscow. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.