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Trump says Ukraine-Russia crisis is a ‘European problem’ and Russia ‘owns Germany’ because of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

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Trump says Ukraine-Russia crisis is a ‘European problem’ and Russia ‘owns Germany’ because of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

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  • Trump said Russia “owns” Germany because of the Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany gas pipeline.

  • As president, Trump imposed sanctions on the construction of the pipeline, which Biden later lifted.

  • The pipeline is under increased scrutiny amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Former President Donald Trump said Russia controls Germany because of its dependence on Russian gas and called the Russia-Ukraine crisis a “European problem”.

“Europe should be fully on board,” Trump told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Saturday, referring to growing fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Germany made a deal with Russia with the pipeline, and Nord Stream is a disaster,” Trump said, referring to an undersea gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

“And I was the one who talked about it. Nobody even knew about it. I was talking about it all the time. Then they were like, ‘Oh, he’s weak to Russia. Putin would say, ‘you are killing me with this pipeline.’ But I made him stop.”

The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline is designed to double the flow of gas directly from Russia to Germany, bypassing the typical transit route through Ukraine.

The project has faced criticism across Europe and the United States for giving Russia potentially dangerous leverage over Europe. Ukraine has also criticized the pipeline, depriving it of billions in gas transit fees.

As president, Trump approved sanctions targeting companies building Nord Stream 2, but President Joe Biden lifted them last May.

The $11 billion pipeline was completed in September but is not yet operational, pending German certification.

Speaking to Glenn Beck, Trump said the pipeline was ‘one of the dumbest moves I’ve ever seen’ and claimed Germany would get ‘70% or more’ of its energy from Russia .

“That means Russia controls them. Russia owns Germany,” Trump said.

“They get their energy from Russia, so Russia has total control over Germany, and Germany says, ‘well, we don’t want to fight them.’ They can’t fight them because of what’s going on with the energy.”

As tensions simmer following a Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border, the United States and Germany have threatened to stop Nord Stream 2 from opening.

However, critics have accused Berlin of prioritizing the pipeline and not going far enough to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

This week, Ukraine denounced Germany’s offer to send just 5,000 helmets in response to a request for military equipment to defend against Russian forces, calling the paltry offer a “joke”.

In his interview with Glenn Beck, Trump criticized Biden’s negotiating tactics and suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin was now emboldened to invade Ukraine.

“I think two weeks ago. He had no intention of doing it. He was just negotiating and doing his thing, which he likes to do,” Trump said.

“And now he sees it’s like a cleared path because of the stupid people he’s dealing with.”

Trump has often expressed admiration for autocratic leaders like Putin while criticizing American allies and institutions like NATO throughout his presidency.

He was also impeached in 2019 over a scandal involving the suspension of military aid to Ukraine while pressuring it to investigate political rivals.

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Trump says Ukraine-Russia crisis is a ‘European problem’ and Russia ‘owns Germany’ because of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

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