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U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of Russia's Nord (North) Stream 2 gas pipeline project was aimed at promoting sales of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. Seated across from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the president said US commitments to European defense were undermined by Germany's ties to the Russian energy sector. That said, the works have been scheduled in close co-ordination with Nord Stream AG's upstream and downstream partners so that gas supply to European customers during that period is ensured via the alternative transportation route.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged European nations Thursday to boost their imports of American liquified natural gas as an alternative to building new pipelines to Russian Federation.

He also said that the project will make Germany dependent on Russian Federation. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk told Bloomberg that the US is also anxious the pipeline could open ways for Russian Federation to install undersea surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea.

"Nord stream-2", which may not happen if the Europeans will take a rational position in the USA, and common sense will prevail.

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Meanwhile, 41 percent of European Union gas imports come from Russian Federation. The pipeline makes good economic sense, though, because energy prices in Western Europe are dependent on Russian Federation, and numerous pipelines crossing through Ukraine into the European Union can not be maintained. There are always other options, the US secretary said, noting that the parties had held frank discussions on Nord Stream 2.

"But the decision (for such projects - ed.) countries are sovereign". "This project has provoked a very heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic, and we are convinced would absolutely have an adverse impact on Ukraine, on Slovakia, and Eastern Europe".

The gas pipeline will not cross transit countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, running through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.