US, Germany to announce Nord Stream 2 deal in coming days – Reuters
One source said the deal “looks good.”Earlier it was reported that the pipeline was completed by 98% / photo ua. depositphotos.com
In the coming days, the United States and Germany will announce an agreement resolving the dispute over Russia ‘s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline .
This was reported by Reuters , citing sources familiar with the matter.
US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to resolve differences over the pipeline during a meeting last week, but agreed that Moscow could not be allowed to use energy as a weapon against its neighbors.
The United States is concerned that the construction of the pipeline will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and could deprive Ukraine of transit fees.
According to one source, the outcome of the talks “looks good.”
The decision is expected to be made in the coming days.
The second source said that both sides are close to an agreement that should prevent the resumption of US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG.
The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two branches of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
The construction of the gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine was planned to be completed by the end of 2019 together with the already existing Nord Stream-1.
Its construction was suspended due to US sanctions against contractors, but resumed in February 2021. Nord Stream 2 AG decided to complete it on their own.
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