Germany-US deal does not resolve all differences over Nord Stream 2

Reaching an agreement on Nord Stream 2 is a good step forward, but it has not yet resolved all differences on the project. This was stated on Thursday at a press conference in Berlin by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“I think that the agreement with the US government does not cement the differences, but it does not eliminate all the differences. They remain, and we saw that yesterday by reaction,” Merkel said. The Chancellor noted that the move is now in Congress. She stressed that it was important to establish certain criteria that would allow Ukraine to retain its gas transit status and prevent Russia from using energy resources as a “weapon”.

“The Russian side has once again stated that it does not intend to use energy resources as a weapon. This statement, here I am taking it at my word,” the chancellor added.

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