US President Donald Trump's opening salvo at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit against Germany over its dependence on Russian gas may fuel Europe's own splits about a new and controversial pipeline called Nord Stream II.
Who is paying for it: Russia's energy giant Gazprom is the sole shareholder of the Nord Stream 2 AG, the company in charge of implementing the €9.5 billion ($11.1 billion) project.
But he said the priority for now was to secure gas from the Caspian Sea region, while maintaining supplies of Russian gas through Ukrainian pipelines beyond 2019.
But US economic interests only partially explain why the pipeline conflict is now emerging as a key point of contention.
Owned by a company based in Switzerland and controlled by Russia's Gazprom monopoly, it will follow the same route as Nord Stream I, launched in 2011, which brings gas from Russian Federation to Germany.
Speaking in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said he had not heard any of his European Union counterparts talk positively about Nord Stream 2 and said Washington didn't like it because it didn't promote diversity of supply.
"We need to look at the history of Putin, whether he's been a reliable energy supplier or whether he's used energy for geopolitical pressure, which he has", Bloomfield said.
But in the years since, doubts have arisen whether the official arguments fully explain Berlin's decision-making process at the time.
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Arriving in Brussels for a two-day alliance summit, the United States president said it was "totally inappropriate" that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for oil and gas while spending little over 1 per cent of its GDP on defence.
What does the future hold for Nord Stream 2?
Russian steel companies have shipped several batches of large-diameter pipes to the construction sites. "Canada has been clear in our global conversations with many countries".
Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told The Washington Times last month that the pipeline is a unsafe project created to help Russian President Vladimir Putin expand his power.
Germany's cold war legacy may help explain why Berlin is so vehement on making itself more dependent on a nation that has annexed foreign territories and cut off energy supplies in the past.
The Nord Stream and Turk Stream developments are controversial because they will connect Russian gas fields to the central European market, bypassing neighbors like Ukraine.
"Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it [defense spending - TASS] a tiny bit by 2030". I think that in this context this is the most urgent: we need to ensure that transit through Ukraine continues, vice-president of the EC said.