US Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged European nations Thursday to boost their imports of American liquified natural gas as an alternative to building new pipelines to Russian Federation.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Trump's remarks showed the United States was eyeing to scuttle Russia's gas supplies to Europe to push its own energy sector, the report said. According to Trump, after the installation of this gas pipeline, Germany will get about 70% of its energy resources from Russian Federation.
When President Donald Trump came out swinging against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, he accused Germany of selling itself and its allies out to Russian influence.
Some voices in the European energy sector contend USA pressure on Germany and Russian Federation is a veiled way to advance liquefied natural gas into the region.
History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies. Thus, talking to reporters, he sharply criticized Germany in particular, calling it Russia's "captive".
In addition to lessening Europe's reliance on Russian gas, Trump's attack on Nord Stream-2 is also part of an effort to boost United States liquefied natural gas exports to Germany, Alexei Kokin, a senior oil and gas analyst at UralSib Financial Corp in Moscow, told New Europe by phone on July 12.
Trump didn't identify Nord Stream 2 by name.
He added the USA criticism of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline was rooted in Washington's desire to encourage European Union nations to buy more expensive liquefied gas from the U.S.
"It will have to be somehow replaced with something, and there is an opening for LNG (liquified natural gas), obviously, if Nord Stream-2 gets cancelled...this opening will be larger". "I do not think it's good, you do not work from a position of strength, you gave up all your power", Trump warned.
According to the US Energy Information Adminstration, US exports of LNG soared from 0.5 billion cubic feet per day in 2016 to 1.94 billion cubic feet per day a year ago. I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said.