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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.

Canada has "significant concerns" with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would bring gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday.

"We have said before that we consider this to be unfair competition", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that it was an attempt to force European buyers to purchase more expensive gas from elsewhere.

Mr Trump renewed his call for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to pay in more to the Western alliance after years in which USA taxpayers have, he said, borne an "unfair" share of military spending.

Over the next few decades, Europe's own gas resources - which accounted for about a third of its supplies in 2016 - are expected to gradually disappear.

The energy partnership with Russian Federation had stretched over decades with mutual benefits, and gas imports from Russian Federation were a competitively priced and reliable energy source for private consumers and industry, he said.

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The gas pipeline will not cross transit countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, running through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

"The alliance can rely on the United Kingdom to lead by example, not just in meeting the 2 per cent pledge but by contributing our cutting edge capabilities to operations around the world", she said. Within weeks, he started to oversee the project implementation himself, leading the Nord Stream AG's shareholder committee.

"NATO is an alliance of 29 nations and sometimes there are differences and different views and also some disagreements, and the gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree".

In particular, Denmark may block or delay the construction of Nord stream-2 through its territorial waters.

Trump didn't identify Nord Stream 2 by name.

Buechele also said that to claim Russian Federation would be able to control gas markets was "factually wrong and politically absurd".

"Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it [defense spending - TASS] a tiny bit by 2030. You tell me, is that appropriate?"