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Austria's former Foreign Affairs Minister Karin Kneissl analysed the relationship between Europe and the US amid rising tensions over Russia's Nord Stream 2. The gas pipeline is set to pump Russian gas into Europe which has rung alarm bells in the White House over fears it could increase Russia's power over nations reliant on the superpower. Ms Kneissl slammed the foreign policy of the US which she says is attempting to broaden their jurisdiction in Europe by using sanctions to get its way.

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Speaking to Russia Today, Ms Kneissl discussed how important the energy issue was to the US. 

She said: "The energy aspect is definitely [important] and it has maybe played a more important role with Donald who really wanted to see the US energy exports move on.

"But I think it has a lot to do with the way the US would like to have a say in the European energy market and the German government has been clear on many instances that they do not want to be under a US directive."

The US has opposed the creation of Nord Stream 2 by introducing sanctions on companies involved in its construction. 

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Joe Biden has also made contact with Berlin several times to voice his opposition to the pipeline but insists allies can "still disagree" and remain friends. 

Ms Kneissl continued: "In

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