Biden, Merkel Stress Friendship While Agreeing To Disagree On Pipeline

Biden, Merkel Stress Friendship While Agreeing To Disagree On Pipeline

President Joe Biden and outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to work together to defend against Russian aggression and stand up to anti-democratic actions by China.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Washington fears the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will hurt Ukraine and increase European reliance on Russian gas. The pipeline is being built under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.

The United States wants Germany to find ways to ensure that Russia could not use the pipeline to harm Ukraine or other allies in Eastern Europe.

The $11 billion project, which is expected to finish in September, will bypass U.S. ally Ukraine, potentially depriving it of valuable transit fees.

Germany and the United States also disagree over the wisdom of partnering with China on business projects, temporary patent waivers aimed at speeding global COVID-19 vaccine production, and ongoing restrictions on Europeans traveling to the United States

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