United States pitches Europe its gas as alternative to Russia's

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Owned by a company based in Switzerland and controlled by Russia's Gazprom monopoly, it will follow the same route as Nord Stream I, launched in 2011, which brings gas from Russian Federation to Germany.

Earlier this year, Germany approved the construction of a Russian gas pipeline called Nord Stream 2, which was supposed to expand on an existing pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

Most Eastern European countries have expressed their concern over the pipeline project over the years, claiming it directly threatens the security of their countries as Russian Federation will able to use its vast energy resources as a way to have leverage over Western Europe.

When it comes to being held "captive" by the Kremlin, Trump is more so than Germany.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the US energy sector instead.

Yes. Trump has backed a push by United States gas suppliers to find new markets and an increase in cheap Russian gas supplies to Europe would reduce their export opportunities. "This narrative has much deeper context because whoever controls energy distribution in Eurasia has the control and this has always been the contest between the United States and Russian Federation".

But Freeland elaborated on Canada's concerns with the project, saying she had discussed it as recently as last week at a conference in Copenhagen on economic reforms in Ukraine.

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"Regular maintenance is necessary to operate the Nord Stream twin pipeline safely, efficiently and reliably".

The consortium behind Nord Stream 2 says it expects the project to go online next year, though it has encountered strong resistance at the European Union level. Canada has been explicit in their worldwide communications with many countries. Germany is a rich country.

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

Nord Stream AG will temporarily shut down both lines of its gas pipeline for two weeks due to routine maintenance works. "And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not".

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