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Pompeo urges Europe not to connect its energy base with Russia

This statement was made against the background of the ongoing construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
12:10, 4 June 2019

Mike Pompeo
Voice of America

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on European countries to diversify their sources of energy supplies so that their energy base is not tied up to Russia, as Voice of America reports.

The statement was made against amid the ongoing construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, which is being carried out by Moscow and its European partners.

“In America, we just hope that Europe will take seriously the need for a diversified, for a secure energy base - an energy base not connected to Russia,” Pompeo told a Dutch TV channel.

“We know the history of relations between Europe and Russia. We know that during the conflict the Russians will use any tools they have to increase expenditure for Europe if it wants to make decisions that are in its best interests, but may not be in the interests of Russia. We hope that Europe will understand this correctly,” the US Secretary of State noted.

Related: Nord Stream 2 ready by 57%, - Gazprom

However, he refused to say whether there is a risk of imposing sanctions on Dutch companies if they take part in the project.

As it was reported earlier, in May, Pompeo arrived in Russian Sochi for negotiations with the Kremlin's leading statesmen. He already had a conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and is about to meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Russian foreign minister Lavrov described Pompeo's visit and the negotiations with the Russian side an attempt to improve the bilateral ties damaged by the Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and the growing tensions in Venezuela and Iran - which was due to 'U.S. unilateral decisions', as he put it.

Related: U.S. plans to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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