Moscow on Thursday said US President Donald Trump's attacks on the Nord Stream II pipeline that is set to bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany amounted to "unfair competition".
At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate. According to her, gas transit through Ukraine should continue even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is built.
"The president is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Perry.
Nord Stream 2 will expand the existing Nord Stream main gas pipeline by linking Russian Federation and Germany via the Baltic seabed, bypassing Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the US energy sector instead.
"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.
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The United States opposes the project Nord stream-2.
"We discussed it with Ukraine, [for example]". 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.
She said she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.
"But the decision (for such projects - ed.) countries are sovereign".
But he said the priority for now was to secure gas from the Caspian Sea region, while maintaining supplies of Russian gas through Ukrainian pipelines beyond 2019.