Erdogan, Merkel Fight off Trump’s Claim Their Gas Imports ‘Feed’ Russia


Donald Trump has reportedly used this year’s NATO summit as an opportunity to criticize Europe’s reliance on Russian gas supplies. The news broke as POTUS continues to attempt to muscle out Russian gas from Europe while offering more expensive American LNG.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have confronted US President Trump over their right to independently choose the supplier of gas for their countries.

According to the Turkish TV channel A Haber, Erdogan told the story to reporters on Friday as he was flying to Germany on his first official visit in seven years. The conversation with Trump reportedly took place during the NATO summit which took place in Brussels on July 11-12.

In Erdogan’s words, Trump told those attending the summit that they were all “feeding Russia” and that Germany gives Russia too much money. Erdogan replied that his country imports 50% of its natural gas from Russia, and if it blocks this supply, Turkish citizens will freeze during the winter.

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The Turkish President recalled that Angela Merkel has echoed his concerns, adding that Russian gas fulfills 38% of Germany’s gas needs and that she also cannot let her people freeze.

It separately emerged on Thursday that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has refuted Donald Trump’s claims about Germany’s energy…

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