The President of the United States Donald trump tried to convince Germany to abandon the project "Nord stream-2".
The US intends to export more liquefied natural gas, but hindering the construction of Nord Stream 2 does not per se guarantee Washington's sales growth, the German Minister of Economics and Energy warned.
With Europe's largest economy, Germany is the world's largest importer of natural gas and it is planning to increase reliance on gas to generate power as it phases out its nuclear power plants.
Oudkirk told reporters the US Congress had given the president new authority to impose sanctions against a variety of Russian pipeline projects. It is due to go online at the end of next year.
Background: Russian natural gas company Gazprom has proposed building the pipeline, splitting the European Union between countries willing to work with Gazprom, such as Germany, and others, such as Poland, that are unwilling. At the same time, Oudkirk has not specified what kind of devices are in question.
"The new project would permit new technologies to be placed along the pipeline route, and that is a threat", she said.
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Nicola Sturgeon's government in Edinburgh insists that Holyrood must explicity agree to any changes before they can take effect. Speaking after the vote, he said any move to force legislation on Holyrood would break a "20 year old devolution settlement".
According to Reuters, Altmaier has accused Washington of wanting to block the construction of a gas pipeline being built by Gazprom and a consortium of European energy companies.
"Germany is not doing anything against the interests of Ukraine".
He said Germany viewed Nord Stream 2 as primarily a commercial project, but saw the need to consider the interests of Ukraine as a gas transit country, and of countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
"We just want to make the transit of gas through Ukraine was guaranteed and secured not only by Ukraine and Russian Federation but also the European Union", - quotes the Minister DW.
Merkel sent her economy minister, Peter Altmaier, to Moscow and Kyiv this week to try to secure a deal that would keep some gas flowing through Ukraine, which now earns up to 2 billion euros a year from transit fees.