U.S. increasing aggression against Nord Stream 2 alarms Merkel - media
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is concerned over the increasing aggression from the United States regarding the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Bloomberg reported with reference to three unnamed sources.
The German government is concerned at the prospect of further hardball tactics from the Donald Trump administration after fending off Washington efforts to turn her European Union partners against the gas pipeline.
According to Bloomberg sources, U.S. diplomats leaned on officials in Paris and Brussels to join their opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project over the past 10 days.
Speaking at the 2019 Munich Security Conference on February 16, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that Washington is not ready to accept defeat on the Nord Stream 2, and urged the EU member states to reject the project.
The remarks came after Merkel defended the development of the project during her speech at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, dismissing U.S. concerns that Nord Stream 2 will weaken Europe's strategic position.