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Merkel to send delegation to Washington to discuss Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Merkel’s advisers Jan Hecker, Lars-Hendrik Roeller plan to meet U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Trade Representative Katherine Tai
10:33, 1 June 2021

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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will send a delegation to Washington to discuss the disputable Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as Bloomberg reported.

According to the message, the delegation headed by foreign policy adviser of the chancellor Jan Hecker and her chief economic adviser Lars-Hendrik Roeller will meet U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

The visit should become a sign of the improvement of the relations between the U.S. and Germany during the presidency of Joe Biden. The visit of the German delegation in a few days before the first visit of Biden to Europe also supposes the relieving tensions keeping in the economic relations between the countries. One of the unsolved issues is the taxes introduced by ex-president Donald Trump on the import of steel and aluminum from Europe that still act.

Related: German politician Walter-Borjans supports construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Last week, the president refused the sanctions toward the gas pipeline project, stating it can harm the relations with Europe.

As we reported, the Biden administration will waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig who controls the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany. 

In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream II, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.

 

On July 24, 2020, it became known that the U.S. Senate approved the draft defense budget with sanctions against the Russian Federation.

On October 20, the United States announced the expansion of sanctions on companies that provide services to ships laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

It is known that Germany does not intend to abandon Nord Stream 2 and considers it an economic project.

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