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Mr. Trump told Germany at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday that it was wrong to support a $14.5-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organisation targets for defense spending.

"Threats of U.S. sanctions against European companies invested in Nord Stream 2 encroach on European energy policy", Wolfgang Buechele, chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ostausschuss), told Reuters.

The United States has warned that firms that have invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany were at the risk of sanctions, Reuters reported on Thursday.

By the end of the decade a controversial new pipeline project.

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The US is opposed to the project because it will increase Europe's reliance on Russian Federation for gas supplies. "Supplies of pipeline gas do not lead to dependence of one country on another but to complete mutual dependence".

Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. "This guarantees stability and further development of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields", he added. The Kremlin is confident that Nord Stream 2 will not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation.

Russia's Gazprom meant to have a 50 percent plus one share in the Nord Stream 2, with the rest of the shares divided between Germany's Uniper and Wintershall, Austrian OMV, France's Engie, and Anglo-Dutch Shell.

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