The United States of America will compete with Nord Stream 2, the Russian gas pipeline. American President Donald Trump claimed this during the joint press conference with the Russian colleague Vladimir Putin on July 16, 2018. The press conference was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘The United States of America is the biggest oil and gas producer in the world. We will sell liquefied gas, we will compete with the gas pipelines, and we have a certain advantage. I send them the best regards. I was seriously talking with Angela Merkel about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and we will see what happens. We have many energy carriers, and the USA is in a much better situation than before. We are a number one in the world, and I think that we will be a strong competitor,’ he said.
Earlier, Putin claimed that the Russian Federation is ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.
As is known, Gazprom and his partners are intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars in April 2018. It is expected that the 1200 km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased than the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project in particular Poland and Lithuania.
Reportedly, leaders of the USA and Russia met at the presidential palace in Helsinki today on July 16. Putin claimed that he had regularly had conversations with Trump over the last months via a telephone and at the international events; however, it is time to clearly talk about the bilateral relations and the main problems in the world.
Trump claimed that together with the Russian leader they were going to discuss trade, commerce and military issues related to nuclear capabilities. ‘Our countries have a chance to significantly better the relations,’ he said.