July 16, 2018 / 10:33 AM / 8 months ago

Germany says pipeline, criticised by Trump, is a commercial project

FILE PHOTO: German government spokesman Steffen Seibert addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Monday that the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline to import more Russian gas was a commercial project, resisting U.S. President Donald Trump’s characterisation of the venture as “inappropriate”.

“Nord Stream 2 is first and foremost a commercial project,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference in Berlin, adding that Germany wanted Ukraine to remain a transit route for gas imports from Russia.

Last week, Trump accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Paul Carrel

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