World Berlin and Washington achieve agreement at controversial pipeline North Stream 2
Merkel Leaves Biden With Nord Stream 2 Headache As Fears Remain About Russia
The German chancellor and the president have not settled their differences over the gas pipeline.Biden's comments at Thursday's press conference during Merkel's likely last visit to the White House referred, in particular, to defending NATO against the threat posed by Moscow.
Germany and the US have enclosed their years of dispute over the Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. As the US Lace Diplomatin Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday in Washington, the agreement is, among other things, that parallel to Nord Stream 2, the transport of Russian gas through Ukraine to be extended for ten years. The previous contracts run out in 2024.
Through the controversial pipeline North Stream 2, gas from Russia will be transported directly to Germany in the future. Critics of the project fear a stronger dependence of Europe of Russian gas as well as economic damage for Ukraine and other traditional gas transit countries.
Controversial pipeline: Merkel and Europe gain pyrrhusieg in the fight for North Stream 2
The almost finished gas pipeline creates facts that can not ignore US President Joe Biden. The teaching from the dispute: promote before more approval. © dpa Lieferenschiff in the harbor Mukran on the island of Rügen. Nord Stream 2 is shortly before completion. "Such a victory, and we are lost," said King Pyrrhus after his lossy battle against the Romans.
The Agreement between Germany and the United States see sanctions against Russia in the event that Moscow "energy is used as a weapon," said Nuland at a hearing in the Senate. This also generally applies to "aggressive behavior over Ukraine". Berlin has committed to take action against Moscow in such cases and also work on sanctions at EU level.
"This is a bad situation and a bad pipeline, but we have to help protect Ukraine," Nuland conducted. They "have the feeling that we have made some important steps in this direction". Further details of the agreement are intended to be announced in the course of Wednesday.
As a sign of support for Kiev, the White House announced a meeting of President Joe Biden with the Ukrainian head of state Wolodymyr Selenskyj. It should take place on August 30th.
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Washington / Berlin. The conflict seems defused: According to insiders, the US and the Federal Government will announce an agreement in the dispute over the pipeline Nord Stream 2 in the coming days. © Bernd Wüstneck A laying vessel laid in the Baltic Sea in front of the island of Rügen pipes for the project (archive picture). "It looks good," said one of the people familiar with the process on Monday to the ongoing negotiations.
probably also with regard to the agreement with the USA, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) telephoned on Wednesday with Russia President Vladimir Putin. According to the Federal Government, "energy issues such as gas transit by Ukraine and the pipeline Nord Stream 2" belonged to the conversation topics.
In the US, the rejection of North Stream 2 is cross-party. Sanctions imposed under the former President Donald Trump had blocked a further construction of the pipeline. Even biders is extremely critical to the project.
Nevertheless, he had pronounced himself against sanctions for the involved German companies in January. "When I became president, the pipeline was 95 percent finished. Sanctions did not make sense there," said the US President lasted last week. Instead, he decided to cooperate with Germany. Bond's waiver of sanctions had also taken care of in the ranks of his own democratic party for criticism.
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