"And I don't think it's very good for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, if you want to know the truth". Thus, talking to reporters, he sharply criticized Germany in particular, calling it Russia's "captive".
Reuters reported that US President Mr Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, saying Berlin had become "a captive to Russia" and he criticised it for failing to raise defence spending more.
Washington's threats to impose sanctions on companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project had no economic basis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "Explain that. And it can't be explained - you know that", Trump said. "Therefore, choosing between Russian Federation and the United States, Germany is not willing to lose markets in the US", the politician said as reported by Apostrophe, a Ukrainian news outlet. "I'm pretty sure that Germany will, to some degree, try to diversify its sources of supply so that Russian gas will not account for more than 40% or so of its imports", Kokin said.
"The president is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Perry.
Trump's attack on Nord Stream 2 has triggered harsh reaction in Germany.
The Kremlin says a new prospective natural gas pipeline to Germany will help increase regional stability and strengthen ties between Russian Federation and the West.
"As has been proven in the past, a trilateral process is the most effective platform to seek a satisfactory solution to the gas matters important for involved parties and to gas transit via Ukraine beyond 2019", Šefčovič said.