U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Germany to refuse from the support of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as N-TV reported citing the sources among the officials.
During the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 27, Trump offered to refuse from the support of the gas project in the exchange for new trade agreements between the US and the EU.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Merkel did not refuse from the support of the gas pipeline's construction but expressed the readiness of the EU to offer Washington a close cooperation in the gas sphere, if the US refuses to impose the duties for steel and aluminum.
At the same time, the high-ranking official of the White House claimed that Trump really discussed the duties and gas pipeline during the meeting with Merkel, but did not make any link between these issues.
As we reported the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun in Germany on May 3. Not all countries have given the permission for it; at the same time, Ukraine and Poland protest against the construction as it can strengthen Russia’s positions as the gas monopolist in Europe.
Earlier it was reported that all necessary permits needed for the project have also been received in Germany. The national permitting procedures in the other three countries along the route – Russia, Sweden and Denmark – are proceeding as planned.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.