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German minister denies deal with US on Nord Stream 2

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 14 Feb 2019

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Sputnik News reported that Grman Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier has said that Germany has not made any sort of deal with the US regarding approval of the Nord Stream 2 project in exchange for purchases of US LNG gas supplies. He said “There is no deal. Germany continues to have a three-pronged approach to energy, including increasing the number of gas suppliers (US LNG included), building Nord Stream 2 and ensuring continued gas transit through Ukraine after 2019. Germany's intention to diversify its gas supplies is completely independent of other issues.”

Altmaier's remarks follow his comments over the weekend that the EU's newly approved directive on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a "powerful signal" to those who had criticised it. In an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper, the minister brushed aside US criticism, claiming that Nord Stream 2 would increase German dependence on Russian gas, stressing that Berlin would "never succumb to blackmail."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 14 Feb 2019
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