Speaking at a press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Trump pointed out that he saw the pipeline as a problem. “(…) It’s a problem that Germany is going to have to work out for themselves. And maybe for Germany it won’t be a problem. I hope it’s not, actually,” the US president told the press.
Trump’s statement comes amidst increasing pressure from 2 key US lawmakers, Republican senator Ted Cruz and Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen who are advocating for a US congressional provision in a defence spending bill that would sanction companies involved in the construction of the pipeline.
The completion of the new Russian pipeline, that would bypass Ukraine and therefore endanger its role as a key gas transit country for Europe, comes as Ukraine and Russia are yet to agree on a gas transit through Ukrainian pipelines from 2020.