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

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US President Donald Trump criticised European countries for paying billions of dollars to buy Russian gas while not meeting military spending obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Mr Trump, meeting reporters with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, before a NATO summit in Brussels, said it was "very inappropriate" that the United States was paying for European defence against Russian Federation while Germany, the biggest European economy, was supporting gas deals with Moscow. In addition, he noted that the gas pipeline could become an instrument of struggle in the hands of the Kremlin.

Mr Trump said at the residence of the United States ambassador in Brussels "So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and you pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

"It will have to be somehow replaced with something, and there is an opening for LNG (liquified natural gas), obviously, if Nord Stream-2 gets cancelled...this opening will be larger. How can you be working for peace and working from strength when somebody has that kind of power over you", the United States president said.

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We agreed that this is of strategic importance for the energy security of Europe, but also for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine and for the economic development of the country that has experienced many trials in these last years, Sefcovic continued.

According to the politician, the issue of "North stream-2" Germany will be closer to the United States of America than to Russian Federation.

In particular, Poroshenko stressed that the implementation of this project creates great risks for the European economy: "Why spend tens of billions of dollars to make the European economy less efficient, less competitive and the European Union's energy policy more dependent on Russian Federation?"

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