The US President Donald Trump opens another front of attacks on European partners before the NATO’s summit in Brussels. It is about the extension of Nord Stream gas pipeline and the support that Germany has for the Russian project.
“Germany is hostage of Russia because of its supplies. They have shut down their coal-fired power plants, their nuclear power plants, and receive so much Russian oil and gas, that I think NATO should pay attention to this”, said the US President.
The expectations before of the talks are that Trump will criticize the rest of the Alliance. The bulk of these are related to the inadequate defense spending of most of the EU countries. Prior to meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump also commented that the Alliance defines Russia as a security threat, while Germany pays billions of dollars per year to Moscow.
Nord Stream 2 has been dividing the EU countries for months. According to representatives of the countries in Eastern Europe, this project will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas, and Moscow can use it for geopolitical pressure in the region.
However, a major defensive proponent of the pipeline is Germany, which claims that this project is economical, but not political. The same is true of Moscow, motivated by the participation of five large Western investors in the plans to build two more pipelines on the Baltic Sea bottom.
The main institutions in Brussels also opposed to the new gas pipeline. The EU Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic warned weeks ago that the community would defend itself if the US imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2.