The Kremlin spokesman said President Donald Trump's anti-Russia comments showed an escalation in the USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe.
"So we protect you against Russian Federation, but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation, and I think that's very inappropriate".
This statement criticising the Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline was made by US President Donald Trump at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Trump, saying in a Twitter message that Trump's remarks about Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were "disgraceful, destructive and flies in the face of the actual interest of the United States of America".
But more than half of U.S. exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America. The Kremlin is confident that Nord Stream 2 will not make Germany dependent on Russian Federation. "Ultimately, Germany will have nearly 70% of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas", Trump said.
The United States, for a number of geopolitical reasons, is vehemently objecting to the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Answering the question about the consequences for the European companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project, possible US sanctions, the EC vice-president said he shares the opinion expressed by Perry that allies should not punish each other's enterprises.
The Kremlin has declared that Trump's political attacks on Nord Stream 2 are "unfair competition". We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. "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. Thus, talking to reporters, he sharply criticized Germany in particular, calling it Russia's "captive". He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.