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US and Germany reach deal on controversial pipeline that Biden sees as a Russian 'geopolitical project'

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on July 14, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden in Washington, DC on July 2, 2021 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on May 6, 2020. - US President Joe Biden will participate in a bilateral meeting with Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany on July 15 in Washington DC, this visit will affirm the deep and enduring bilateral ties between the United States and Germany. (Photos by MANDEL NGAN and Michael Sohn / various sources / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN,MICHAEL SOHN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The US announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal with Germany that would allow completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline opposed by the Biden administration as a "malign influence project" that Russia could use to gain leverage over European allies.

Washington (CNN)The US announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal with Germany that would allow completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline opposed by the Biden administration as a "malign influence project" that Russia could use to gain leverage over European allies.

"While we remain opposed to the pipeline, we reached the judgment that sanctions would not stop its construction and risked undermining a critical alliance with Germany, as well as with the EU and other European allies," a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

"Germany is a critical U. S. ally and I welcome steps by the administration to try to negotiate a diplomatic path forward and consult with our European allies to mitigate the impact of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project," Shaheen said in a statement.

in both 2017 and in 2019, the previous administration did not apply sanctions related to the pipeline until its very last day in office," the senior official said.

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