Nord Stream raises intelligence concerns

Russia-Germany gas pipeline raises intelligence concerns- U.S. official

Russia-Germany gas pipeline raises intelligence concerns- U.S. official

For this, the US President promised Berlin to start a discussion on a new "trade deal" between the US and the EU.

In case of failure to heed the position of Washington, on 1 June against European Union manufacturers will operate the new American tariffs on steel and aluminum.

In addition, USA intelligence is concerned about the construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2" from the Russian Federation to Germany, as it would allow Russian security services to accommodate the new technologies of listening and monitoring in the Baltic sea.

The US push came a day before Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Sochi to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks that will touch on Nord Stream 2, as well as the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Congress passed the legislation in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine and its suspected US election interference, giving the government authority to act against any Russian energy projects including Nord Stream 2, the envoy said.


Earlier, trump had already criticized the construction of the Nord stream-2, saying at a meeting with Baltic leaders that "Germany would pay billions of dollars for energy resources from Russian Federation...and this is bad".

The Nord Stream 2 project has said it will tap banks for financing in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early next year.

The $11 billion project is planned to carry 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually 1,230 kilometers under the Baltic Sea from Russian Federation to northern Germany after it becomes operational in early 2020. It's also anxious the pipeline could open ways for Russian Federation to install undersea surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea.

Mr Whittingdale said: "Does he share the widespread concern about the proposed Russian gas pipe line Nord Stream 2".

But he accused Washington of wanting to block the pipeline, built by Russia's state-controlled energy giant Gazprom and a consortium of European energy companies, in order to boost its own shale gas exports.

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