Trump Blackmails Germany With Sanction Threats Over Nord Stream 2

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Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline project connecting Germany to Russia beneath the Baltic sea, hasTrump hopping mad.

The Wall Street Journal reports a Russian Gas Pipeline Is Driving a Wedge Between the U.S. and Its Allies.

Angela Merkel and her advisers, before a visit to the White House last spring, agreed on a priority: Avoid talk of Nord Stream 2. The German-Russian pipeline project had been a bone of contention between Berlin and Washington, which fears it will make Europe’s largest economy excessively reliant on Russian energy.

When the German chancellor took her seat at the Oval Office table, though, President Trump left her nowhere to hide. “Angela,” he said, according to people in the room, “you got to stop buying gas from Putin.”

The dispute is coming to a head, in a graphic example of how Russia’s estrangement from the West, far from bringing its members closer, is driving a wedge between the closest of allies.

“A Russian gas molecule remains a Russian gas molecule,” Ms. Merkel said last month at a Munich conference attended by Vice President Mike Pence, “irrespective whether it comes from Ukraine or from underneath the Baltic Sea.”

Fuel for Discord

Several U.S. officials said Nord Stream 2 sanctions would follow an amendment to existing measures against Russia, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. These would target investors and companies contracted to lay pipes, they said.

Russian officials have told Ms. Merkel’s aides U.S. sanctions would prompt Gazprom to buy off the Western companies and complete the pipeline on its own, said German and EU officials and Gazprom representatives.

Gazprom officials said the project’s most complex part had been completed. Should specialized pipe layers be forced out, the project would be delayed and costs would rise, but Gazprom would be able to complete the work, they said. Without Western investors, Russian state-controlled banks would take over, possibly with some Chinese financing, a Gazprom spokesman said.

Blackmail

Germany Correct On All Counts

  1. Trump is blackmailing Germany
  2. A molecule of Russian gas is a molecule of Russian gas
  3. Germany, not the US should decide German security concerns
  4. US LNG would cost a minimum of 20% more
  5. The US cannot be counted on to deliver gas in a timely manner
  6. Nord Stream 2 makes sense.

Disastrous US Foreign Policy

US foreign policy is both a disaster and an embarrassment.

Lost in the discussion is the fact that the US meddled in the internal affairs of Ukraine, propping up a corrupt and fascist regime. That is what started the Ukraine civil war.

This is the culmination of yet another US foreign policy error.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (24)
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Greggg
Greggg

Trump tried to get Germany to substitute LNP from the US in place of Nord Stream II. And the cost difference would be? What an idiot.

Mish
Mish

Editor

cost difference 20% minimum. How long can US fracking go on? I really don't know

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

It's down to worries of German industrial might plus Russian natural resources. US is likely to have less and less influence and ultimately be sidelined. Just look at the map. EU already has the larger population. Add German industry and cheaper energy etc.

Whoever takes over in the Whitehouse the concerns will be the same.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

It's down to worries of German industrial might plus Russian natural resources. US is likely to have less and less influence and ultimately be sidelined. Just look at the map. EU already has the larger population. Add German industry and cheaper energy etc.

Whoever takes over in the Whitehouse the concerns will be the same.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“US foreign policy is both a disaster and an embarrassment.”

...with both Dept of State and the alphabet soup intelligence agencies well deserving of the lion’s share of the blame.