Trump's opening volley at the NATO summit was a surprise attack on Germany , for its plan to increase natural gas imports from Russia via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Days before he is set to meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump railed against Germany as a "captive of Russia," directly tying gas imports from Russia to U.S. commitments to NATO and saying "we have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against." As with many of President Trump's statements, there is a kernel of truth in it that.The US has long opposed Nord Stream 2, which would double the capacity of pipelines flowing directly from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, arguing that it increases a key strategic vulnerability of Europe: it's dependence on Russian gas. And this view is shared by many of Germany's European neighbors. Proponents of the project dismiss these concerns on pragmatic terms. Europe, already highly dependent on gas imports from abroad, is projected to see domestic production fall dramatically over the coming years. While LNG imports from the US could potentially help fill some of that… Read full this story
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