While the disruption in supply is officially said to be due to scheduled gas compressor maintenance, some believe that there’s more to the story. Gazprom’s official statement notes that service will be restored as long as there aren’t any issues when the maintenance is completed. Some German officials remarked that this might be the Kremlin using the energy supply as a weapon against Germany.
Coincidentally, or maybe not, Russia also stopped the supply of natural gas to France. In this instance, Gazprom claims that it hasn’t received full payment for gas already supplied
President Trump has made several statements about countries that are dependent upon other countries for energy. Germany is a perfect example of what the famous businessman-turned-President was talking about.