Democrats criticized President Donald Trump this week after he called Germany "a captive to Russia" over the Baltic Sea pipeline project - even though prominent Democrats John Kerry and Joe Biden have expressed the same concerns. I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said.
Russian Federation accuses the United States of bullying Europe into buying American liquid natural gas.
Mr Trump renewed his call for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay in more to the Western alliance after years in which United States taxpayers have, he said, borne an "unfair" share of military spending.
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.
European countries may block construction of the pipeline "Nord stream-2", if you take the radical position of the United States.
He asked, while Stoltenberg listened "Germany will have nearly 70 percent of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas". We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. "This is nothing more than an attempt to force European buyers to acquire more expensive liquefied gas, which can be supplied from alternative places", he added.
The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition".
Constructive and stable cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the field of energy is of utmost importance for both countries and the European Union, Šefčovič said ahead of the meeting, while stressing that the need for a continued, long-term transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to the European Union in a reliable, commercially viable way is indispensable.