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Kremlin says U.S. stance on Nord Stream 2 is unfair competition

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that attempts by the United States to undermine the Russia-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to Germany were an example of unfair competition to derail what it casts as a purely commercial project.

The top U.S. energy diplomat said on Tuesday that European efforts to keep Russia shipping gas through Ukraine after the opening of Nord Stream 2 across the Baltic Sea would be futile and that Russia could not be trusted.

“We don’t consider this correct or acceptable for us,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call, when asked about Washington’s opposition to the project.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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