World Germany's Merkel says pipeline deal with US good for Ukraine
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President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are set to meet in Washington on Thursday in what is likely the European leader's final appearance at the White House before she steps down from her long-held position this fall. © Sandra Steins/Bundesregierung/Getty Images Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden at the beginning of their conversation on the sidelines of the G7 summit in St. Ives, together with their foreign policy advisors Jan Hecker (2nd from right) and Jake Sullivan (r) on June 12, 2021 in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions is “good for Ukraine.”
The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two countries committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon.
They also agreed to support Ukraine and Poland, both of which are bypassed by the project and fear Russia’s intentions, by funding alternative energy and development projects.
Angela Merkel White House Visit Live: Merkel, Biden to Discuss Pandemic, Russian Pipeline
President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to discuss the "full range of policy issues" in their relationship, including global health security and climate change.Merkel will meet with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other White House aides and government officials throughout the day to discuss issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The Nord Stream 2 project has posed a major foreign policy dilemma for the Biden administration. U.S. officials from both parties have long feared it would give Russia too much power over European gas supplies. But the pipeline is almost completed, and the U.S. has been determined to rebuild ties with Germany that were damaged during the Trump administration.
Poland and Ukraine expressed their displeasure over the decision to allow the pipeline’s completion and said efforts to reduce the Russian security threat were not sufficient.
Merkel raises questions of the capital journalists
Berlin. The last G7 summit, the last European Council, the last government statement in the Bundestag - after 16 years in the Chancellery Angela Merkel takes piece by farewell to the politics. This Thursday is another last time appointment. © Axel Schmidt Chancellor Angela Merkel at a cabinet meeting. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) comes on Thursday at 11am to the Federal Press Conference and faces the questions of the capital journalists. It is expected to be your last appearance of this kind.
“Differences remain. We saw that in the reactions yesterday,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, acknowledging there is also opposition in the U.S. Congress.
She noted that Germany now has “a whole lot of work” to do, particularly in trying to secure an extension to a deal on the transit of Russian gas via Ukraine beyond 2024, in supporting the transformation of Ukraine's energy supply, and in engineering “reverse flow” from European gas supply systems to Ukraine.
Merkel said the deal was “a good step that demanded readiness to compromise from both sides, but on the other hand doesn't overcome all differences that existed the day before.” She added that “we are not completely defenseless” against Russia, arguing that the possibility of sanctions still exists.
The chancellor dismissed a suggestion that Russia is a more important partner for Germany than Poland and Ukraine. She said that the German-U.S. deal set the right priorities “and so this joint statement, from my point of view, is also good for Ukraine.”
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a dinner with spouses, the honorary doctorate of a US Eliteuni, talking over Nordstream 2: The program for Angela Merkel's farewell visit to Washington - including critical points. © Andreas Gebert / dpa Chancellor Angela Merkel ( CDU ) travels to the most important international partners just before the end of their 16-year term. After visiting British Premier Boris Johnson , a meeting with US President Joe Biden is now on.