Kremlin describes Trump-Putin summit as 'difficult'

Politics 7/12/2018, 1:51 PM
Kremlin describes Trump-Putin summit as 'difficult'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Thursday that the meeting between the president of the United States Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki will prove to be "complex" considering the "extent of the disagreements on the agenda." However, Peskov added that it is unlikely that anything that happens in the meantime could further complicate the negotiations. Earlier today, Trump said that he does not consider Putin to be his "enemy" or a "friend," but sees him as a "competitor" instead.

Regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal between Russia and Germany, which was strongly criticized by Trump yesterday, Peskov said that instead of making Berlin "a captive" of Moscow, the project will become a guarantor of stability. "As for Germany’s dependence as a major buyer of our gas - we cannot agree with this, because such deliveries of pipe gas do not lead to the dependence of one country on another, but to complete mutual dependence," Peskov said. He also described attacks on Nord Stream 2 as "a manifestation of unfair competition." "This is nothing more than an attempt to force European buyers to acquire more expensive liquefied gas, which can be supplied from alternative places," he stated.

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