Moscow may use gas pipe to spy on West, US warns

The $11 billion project is planned to carry 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually 1,230 kilometers under the Baltic Sea from Russian Federation to northern Germany after it becomes operational in early 2020.

"The US is looking for sales markets". If Washington follows the principle of "America first " and protects primarily its own interests, then the U.S. should understand that Europe will defend its own, he went on to say.

The Thirsk and Malton MP said: "Despite the fact oil and gas exports make up 70% of Russia's global trade, these are not now covered under the European Union sanction regime due to the high reliance of the European Union on Russian gas exports".

According to the minister, the USA remains friends and partners of Germany, but Berlin prefers to protect "common values".

As with Russia's existing Nord Stream pipeline, the route bypasses not only Ukraine, but also the Baltic states and Poland - and is seen as a "political project" rather than an economic one.

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"But if it's America first, and they put their economic interest before others, then they have to expect Europe to define their own interests and fight for them".

In early April, after meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House, Trump criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

He said Germany viewed Nord Stream 2 as primarily a commercial project, but saw the need to consider the interests of Ukraine as a gas transit country, and of countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

As previously reported "FACTS", the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko warned Germany from participating in the construction of the "Nord stream-2", proposing as an alternative to the modernization of the transit pipeline passing through the territory of Ukraine.

2 Nord stream is a Russian gas pipeline, which is building the Nord Stream AG 2. It has an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres (1.9 trillion cubic feet), but its capacity is planned to be doubled to 110 billion cubic metres (3.9 trillion cubic feet) by 2019, by laying two additional lines.

  • Adam Floyd