Trump objects German-Russian gas pipeline

By Monitoring Desk
Thursday – July 12, 2018
BRUSSELS (Belgium): United States (US) president Donald Trump on Wednesday at north Atlantic treaty organisation (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 countries, summit objected German-Russian gas pipeline and oil deals saying that at one end Germany expects NATO to protect her from a Russian invasion while at the other end Germany pays Russia billions of dollars yearly so that Russia satisfies German energy needs.

According to an official statement, US president reminded, “So we’re protecting Germany. We’re protecting France. We’re protecting all of the NATO countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia, where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia.”

He lamented, “And the former chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas. Ultimately, Germany will have almost 70 percent of their country controlled by Russia with natural gas.”

Trump asserted, “And you tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s a very bad thing for NATO and I don’t think it should have happened. And I think we have to talk to Germany about it.”

US president mentioned, “Now, if you look at it, Germany got rid of their coal plants. They got rid of their nuclear. They’re getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia. I think it’s something that NATO has to look at.”

He reminded, “I think energy is a much different story than normal trade. And you have a country like Poland that won’t accept the gas. You take a look at some of the countries — they won’t accept it, because they don’t want to be captive to Russia.”

Trump lashed, “On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over one percent, whereas the US, in actual numbers, is paying 4.2 percent of a much larger gross domestic product (GDP). So I think that’s inappropriate also. We’re protecting everybody. And yet we’re paying a lot of money to protect.”

US president reiterated, “It’s very unfair to our taxpayer. And I think that these countries have to step it up not over a 10-year period; they have to step it up ‘immediately’. Germany is a rich country. They talk about they’re going to increase it a “tiny bit” by 2030. Well, they could increase it immediately tomorrow and have no problem. I don’t think it’s fair to the US.”

He informed, “And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the US has had to pay for them. So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you’ll just add it all up. It’s massive amounts of money is owed. The US has paid and stepped up like nobody. This has gone on for decades, by the way.”

Trump declared, “So something has to be done. This year, since our last meeting, commitments have been made for over $40 billion more money spent by other countries. So that’s a step, but it’s a very small step. It sounds like a lot of money, and it is. But it’s a very small amount of money relative to what they owe and to what they should be paying. And it’s an unfair burden on the US.”

He concluded, “So we’re here to talk about that, and I’m sure it will be resolved.”