Russian Federation has obtained construction permits for Nord Stream 2 from Germany, Finland and Sweden, as the pipeline will pass through their maritime exclusive economic zones.
Trump - who advocates increasing USA liquified natural gas exports - said "Germany got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation".
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Trump's remarks showed the U.S. was eyeing to scuttle Russia's gas supplies to Europe to push its own energy sector, the report said. "Therefore, choosing between Russian Federation and the United States, Germany is not willing to lose markets in the USA", the politician said as reported by Apostrophe, a Ukrainian news outlet.
"How can you not get influenced by another country if someone has so much power over your, Trump questioned".
Russian Federation is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine with which it has poor relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, countered Thursday, saying "natural gas pipelines lead not to a dependence of one country from another, but to mutual interdependence". Ukraine it will be very profitable.
"They will use that to weaken the European Union, to divide the European allies", Shevchenko said in an interview.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Trump, saying in a Twitter message that Trump's remarks about Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were "disgraceful, destructive and flies in the face of the actual interest of the United States of America".
Continuing Russia's gas transit through Ukraine is of strategic importance to the EU, Maros Sefcovic said in a statement.
"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union", she said. I think it's very bad for Germany.