Lavrov comments on U.S. position on Nord Stream 2

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The Kremlin spokesman said President Donald Trump's anti-Russia comments showed an escalation in the U.S. campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe. I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said. The Kremlin is confident that Nord Stream 2 will not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation.

Mr Trump said to Stoltenberg that "When Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russian Federation".

He asked, while Stoltenberg listened "Germany will have nearly 70 percent of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas". Just on Wednesday, Trump called Berlin "a captive of Russia" for participating in the project.

History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies.

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Answering the question about the consequences for the European companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project, possible US sanctions, the EC vice-president said he shares the opinion expressed by Perry that allies should not punish each other's enterprises.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all these countries (via Nato)". In August 2016, Biden decried Russia's use of its energy resources as a weapon to influence other countries and called the North Stream 2 pipeline a "fundamentally bad deal" for the continent.

Moscow is eager to go ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for it can double the gas exports to Germany under the Baltic Sea while Washington is upset with the idea, even saying that firms that invested in the pipeline risked sanctions, the report added.

"As has been proven in the past, a trilateral process is the most effective platform to seek a satisfactory solution to the gas matters important for involved parties and to gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2019", Šefčovič said.

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