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"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk", said a spokesman for the US State Department. Peskov said supplies of gas doesn't make one country dependent on another but only completes "mutual dependence" which he said guaranteed "stability and future development", Reuters added. "Russian gas can and should be part of the European market, but that market needs to be open and competitive". But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation, because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ostausschuss), which unites members accounting for about a fifth of the country's total foreign trade, has accused the U.S. of trying to interfere in Germany's foreign affairs. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation". It's going nearly stop exporting gas 10 years from now. It would run 1,200 km, mostly under the Baltic Sea along the existing Nord Stream pipeline. "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.

"As for Germany's dependence (on Russia) as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. In other words, if the Netherlands is out of the picture, it's quite likely that LNG will enter anyway. "In theory, that is possible, but in practice, I don't think that's going to happen because much of the new gas from this Nord Stream-2 pipeline will go to other countries, not to Germany", Kokin said.

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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. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.

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