MOSCOW - US President Donald Trump's criticism of Russia's Nord
(North) Stream 2 gas pipeline project was aimed at promoting sales of
US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov said Thursday.
"We consider this to be a manifestation of unfair competition,"
Peskov said, adding that US LNG supplies could prove to be much more
expensive than the Russian gas via pipelines.
Nord Stream 2 will expand the existing Nord Stream main gas pipeline
by linking Russia and Germany via the Baltic seabed, bypassing Ukraine,
Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.
Trump lashed the German government on the project during a breakfast
meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on
"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,"
Trump said in a video of the meeting on Twitter.
He also said that the project will make Germany dependent on Russia.
Peskov said Nord Stream 2 will not make Germany, a major buyer of
Russian gas, dependent on Russia, and on the contrary it will become a
guarantee of stability of gas supplies and "further development of
mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields."
He said choosing gas supplier should be based on the buyers' own benefits.
Russia has obtained construction permits for Nord Stream 2 from
Germany, Finland and Sweden, as the pipeline will pass through their
maritime exclusive economic zones.
Russian steel companies have shipped several batches of
large-diameter pipes to the construction sites. The German section of
the pipeline is currently being built.