NATO Summit Ends Looking Forward to Russia Meeting

by Abel Hampton July 16, 2018, 10:15
NATO Summit Ends Looking Forward to Russia Meeting

His remarks Wednesday were a sharp departure from the previous day, when he suggested Putin would pose less of a problem for him during his current European travels than his miserly North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or the European Union's pending Brexit breakup with Britain.

Unlike past U.S. administrations, Trump links Washington's commitment to collective transatlantic defence to his demand that the 28 allies pay more.

But more than half of USA exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America.

"Germany closer to the United States, because in many ways much more dependent on the USA than from Russian Federation".

Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine has declined since the Nord Stream I pipeline opened in 2011.

"The president. thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the EU's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that, straight to his face", he said.

"NATO is an alliance of 29 nations and sometimes there are differences and different views and also some disagreements, and the gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree".

The German committee groups 350 members active in 29 countries in eastern Europe accounting for about a fifth of Germany's total foreign trade, which is more sizeable than bilateral trades Germany conducts with the US and China individually. Ukraine it will be very profitable.

We agreed that this is of strategic importance for the energy security of Europe, but also for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine and for the economic development of the country that has experienced many trials in these last years, Sefcovic continued.

"They will use that to weaken the European Union, to divide the European allies", Shevchenko said in an interview.

Freeland has been a vocal opponent of Russian meddling in the affairs of democratic countries. More seriously, Nord Stream 2 will increase Russia's power to threaten other nations with its control over their gas.

US President Donald Trump joins European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, for a "family picture" ahead of the opening ceremony of the Nato summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

Buechele also said that to claim Russian Federation would be able to control gas markets was "factually wrong and politically absurd".

In response to Trump's accusations that Germany was captive to Russia, Merkel - who grew up in East Germany - on Wednesday cautioned the president that she may be in a better position to judge her country's dependence.


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