Russian gas deal becomes a political problem for Germany

Reuters:
Friendship no more: how Russian gas is a problem for Germany

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In April she accepted for the first time that there were “political considerations” to Nord Stream 2, a project she had until then described as a commercial venture.

Most European countries want Germany to do more to project European influence and protect eastern neighbors that are nervous of Russian encroachment.

But letting Russia sell gas to Germany while avoiding Ukraine does the opposite, depriving Kiev of transit revenues and making it, Poland and the Baltic states more vulnerable to cuts in gas supplies.

“The price would be an even greater loss of trust from the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine,” said Roderich Kiesewetter, a Merkel ally on the parliamentary foreign affairs committee.
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Trump makes another important point about the Russian deal.  Germany is asking the US to defend it while it is makes itself more vulnerable to Russian energy and in the process sending billions to the Russians.

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