A top German diplomat says the United States must not determine the European energy policy after President Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia.
Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andreas Michaelis told a conference on transatlantic ties hosted by the Aspen Institute think tank in Berlin on Tuesday that Russia would remain a key energy supplier for Europe, regardless of US pressure on the issue.
“This is part of European core interests,” Michaelis said, adding, “I don’t want European energy policy to be defined in Washington.”
The United States strongly opposes the project, which is led by Russian gas giant Gazprom and financed by five Western companies, but Michaelis said it was a matter of national sovereignty.
“We need to consult the European partners. We need to have a sound model that works,” he said. “But I’m certainly not willing to accept…