Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline raises intelligence concerns say US

Media: trump urged Merkel to abandon the “Nord stream-2”

Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy, said in Berlin she would meet German officials to voice Washington's concerns about the subsea project.

The German government's point man for Russia, Dirk Wiese, said it would continue to look for "islands of cooperation" with Russia, including a continued commitment to the Iranian nuclear accord, despite differences over Ukraine and European Union sanctions.

Donald trump was not pleased with how high the share of Russian gas in the European economy, therefore intends to supply the region liquefied natural gas from the United States.

Early last month, before the Merkel was on an official visit to come to the US, it became known that one of the key topics of the talks will be "Nord stream 2".

The Nord Stream 2 project is also raising security concerns and could lead to US sanctions, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk said Thursday in Berlin.

Earlier, trump had already criticized the construction of the Nord stream-2, saying at a meeting with Baltic leaders that "Germany would pay billions of dollars for energy resources from Russian Federation...and this is bad".

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She said the Baltic was a congested, sensitive military area.

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast.

Trump told Chancellor Angela Merkel last month that Berlin should drop support for the pipeline linking Russian Federation and Germany if it wants to avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, which cited U.S., German and European officials.

Jens Mueller, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2, dismissed concerns from the USA and several European countries, saying the new pipeline would merely be one of many sources of natural gas for Europe.

In early may of 2018 in Germany started the construction of Nord stream-2, although not all countries have given permission for the construction of this pipeline.

Denmark is considering passing a law that could block a disputed Russian pipeline project which would run through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's territory due to security concerns.

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