Why President Trump's Germany NATO Slam is Spot On
Donald Trump's claim that Germany imports 70 per cent of its gas from Russia at a fiery Nato summit today is correct - and the country will soon receive even more.
The EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, says that Russia is responsible for up to 75% of Germany's total gas imports.
And experts say that figure could dramatically increase after a new pipeline between Russia and Germany opens in two years time.
Germany already imports 55 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia via the Nord Stream pipeline and will pump another 55 billion cubic meters through the new Nord Stream 2 network.
Trump also stated that Germany spends billions annually relying on Russian gas. Again, he's correct.
Germany's gas bill from the Russian Federation's state-run company Gazprom last year amounted to a staggering 17 billion euros ($21 billion).
Trump also called into question the optics of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Merkel's predecessor, who now works for Gazprom.
In 2017, Russia also appointed the ex-leader of Germany to serve as an independent director of the board of its biggest oil producer, Rosneft.
For his dubious ties to the Putin regime and shameless attempts to cash in on his political clout, officials call Schroeder a political prostitute.