Trump urged Berlin to abandon support for the Nord Stream-2, according to The Wall Street Journal. According to the newspaper, in exchange, the US president offered the German Chancellor negotiations on a new US-EU trade agreement
Angela Merkel and Donald Trump (Photo: Kay Nietfeld / dpa / Global Look Press)
President of the United States Donald Trump insists on Germany’s refusal to support the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. Trump said this in April at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, informs The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) referring to German, American and European officials.
According to them, in exchange, the American leader invited Merkel to begin negotiations between the US and the EU on a new trade agreement. If it is not signed, Europe from June 1 will face limiting US duties on steel and aluminum.
The WSJ notes that the chancellor did not refuse to support the construction of the gas pipeline, but said the EU is ready to offer Washington “closer cooperation” in the gas sector if the US refuses to introduce these duties.
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The publication cites the words of a German official who notes that Trump intends to block Nord Stream 2 so that the US can sell liquefied gas to Europe via Germany. In addition, writes WSJ, Washington opposes the gas pipeline because it will make Ukraine more vulnerable to pressure from Russia.
According to the newspaper, a senior White House official said that the US president during the meetings with the German chancellor did indeed discuss duties and the gas pipeline, but never linked the two issues. “These are two separate issues,” the official said.
On Thursday, May 17, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Udkirk stated that Washington can impose restrictions on European companies that are working on the Nord Stream-2 project. Udkirk explained that this allows us to make the law “On Countering America’s Enemies through Sanctions” (CAATSA), adopted in August last year.
“This means any pipeline construction project. In the world there are many projects for the construction of pipelines, which potentially can be under sanctions, “stressed Udkirk.
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On the same day, the European Commission officially notified the WTO that it intends to introduce June 20 duty rate of 25% on the import of a number of goods from the United States, thus responding to American restrictive duties on aluminum and steel. Since March 2021 the maximum duties, depending on the category of goods, will be 10, 25 and 50%.
May 15, two days ago, Germany started training to offshore works on the construction of a gas pipeline. In April building permit The “Northern Stream-2” was given by the Finnish authorities, in the coming months permission from Denmark and Sweden should be obtained.
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Prior to this, in early April, deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the document with appeal to the world community Take measures against the construction of the gas pipeline. The Ukrainian parliament called on foreign states and the business community “not to take any part in preparing, financing or lobbying this project.”
The construction of the gas pipeline is handled by Nord Stream 2 AG. The project involves the installation of a gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany, its length will be 1,2 thousand km. The cost of the project is € 9.5 billion.