Poroshenko: Majority of European Union countries understand real goal of Nord Stream 2

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Trudeau government shares concern with Trump on Russian pipeline to Germany.

In time the United States could sell more natural gas to Europe, but the sales probably will be limited to countries like Spain, Portugal and Turkey that have never received a lot of their supply from Russian Federation. Berlin has many questions for Moscow and believes that it is important to maintain dialogue, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said, commenting on US President Donald Trump's statement, in which he said that Germany was "a captive of Russian Federation".

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was more diplomatic than Trump, but the same message was directed toward Germany.

But Perry said America supports open competition and looked forward to Monday's much-anticipated summit between Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

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The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition". "And you tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not". Canada has been explicit in their worldwide communications with many countries.

"They will use that to weaken the European Union, to divide the European allies", warned Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's ambassador to Canada. And she has been a steadfast defender of Ukraine, which saw its Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and continues to contend with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern region.

The previous Barack Obama administration nonetheless pointed out the disconnect from a Germany that could sign on to EU-US sanctions against Russian Federation over Ukraine and pursue energy deals with Moscow.

Some in Washington have called for Nord Stream 2 and its leaders, such as its chairman former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to be added to US Treasury sanctions lists.

He also added that during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit the issue of the Nord Stream 2 project took a significant part of the discussion during his bilateral meetings with the heads of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states.

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