"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia".
US President Donald Trump has criticized Germany over its support for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, claiming this gives Russian Federation power over European energy.
Mr Trump renewed his call for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay in more to the Western alliance after years in which United States taxpayers have, he said, borne an "unfair" share of military spending.
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged European nations Thursday to boost their imports of American liquified natural gas as an alternative to building new pipelines to Russian Federation.
He asked, while Stoltenberg listened "Germany will have nearly 70 percent of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas".
"We are supposed to be protecting you from Russian Federation, but why are you paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for energy?" "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation, because they will be getting from 60 to 70% of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline", Trump quipped.
He stressed that Nord Stream-2 does not participate in political speculation and pointed out that the project had already received permits from four of the five countries that will be directly affected by the pipeline's construction.
"It will have to be somehow replaced with something, and there is an opening for LNG (liquified natural gas), obviously, if Nord Stream-2 gets cancelled...this opening will be larger".
"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all these countries (via Nato)".
But Trump's harsh criticism of Germany echoes statements from USA officials from past administrations, including Kerry himself, according to recently resurfaced videos, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Moscow is eager to go ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for it can double the gas exports to Germany under the Baltic Sea while Washington is upset with the idea, even saying that firms that invested in the pipeline risked sanctions, the report added. He said he also mentioned tripartite talks [on gas - EU-RF-Ukraine], which they will hold.