News Analysis
In September 2018, the German delegation to the United Nations General Assembly snickered when then-President Donald Trump said their country would “become totally dependent on Russian energy.”
Some observers gleefully joined in.
Trump said during the same speech: “Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation.”
At the time, Germany and the United States disagreed strongly about the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany.
Germany maintained that the project was strictly commercial, while American officials worried Russia could use a new pipeline to place geopolitical pressure on Europe….


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