U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry while on a tour of Vilnius, the capital of the Baltic nation of Lithuania, declared the new Nord Stream II pipeline connecting more Russian gas to Germany will seriously imperil European security. Perry stated the obvious which the Germans want to avoid.
German ministers have referred to the project, which will deliver a situation where Berlin receives 30% of its natural gas supplies from its neighbor to the East, as a ‘business transaction’ rather than a national security threat. This description comes from the German leadership while they pay a minuscule amount for their own defense, a point President Trump routinely makes publically clear.
“It would increase Russia’s leverage over Europe’s foreign policy and Europe’s vulnerability to a supply disruption,” Perry told an energy forum in the Lithuanian capital, reported The Baltic Times.
In his words, Nord Stream and TurkStream, the gas pipelines set to connect Russia with Germany and Turkey, “would enable Moscow to end gas transit through Ukraine by the close of the decade”.
“Nord Stream 2 would deliver a stunning blow to Europe’s energy diversity and security,” Perry said.
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