Russia’s top diplomat added that Germans want to find solutions that would not complicate their relations with the US
Merkel trifft sich in Sotschi mit Putin. Es wird auch um »Nord Stream 2« gehen. Die Gaspipeline sorgt international für Zoff
President Donald Trump is pressing Germany to pull the brakes on a major gas deal with Russia as the price for avoiding a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to German, U.S. and European officials.
The officials said Mr. Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April that Germany should drop support for Nord Stream 2, an offshore pipeline that would bring gas directly from Russia via the Baltic Sea. This would be in exchange for the U.S. starting talks with the European Union on a new trade deal.
(…)In this context, the U.S. ambassador opposed the Nord Stream and South Stream pipelines, stressing that they are yet another tool in the hands of Moscow.
Geoffrey R. Pyatt stressed that U.S. imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could make a significant contribution to the diversification of supply both for Greece and for Europe, recalling the statement by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during his visit in the U.S., that Greece will become the third U.S. shale gas importer in Europe. At the same time, he pointed out that his country supports the emerging role of Greece as an energy hub in the SEE region.
(3.Mai) Germany argues the EU’s plans to amend an international gas-market directive would contradict demands of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which dictates how public entities should interact in nautical matters – relevant because Nord Stream 2 would double the number of underwater pipelines delivering gas from Russia to Germany.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel agreed to continue joint efforts in the Normandy format to settle the internal crisis in Ukraine.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria, including chemical attack accusations made by a number of Western states against official Damascus. Russia’s position – that it is unacceptable to use this as an opportunity for provocation and speculation – was conveyed.