Merkel: Talks with US after Nord Stream 2 sanctions waiver

Germany and the United States will enter into negotiations on their relations with Russia following the US decision to waive certain sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

US President Joe Biden “has now made a gesture towards us in connection with the Nord Stream conflict, where we have different views,” Merkel said during an interview with German broadcasters.

The pipeline is being built to carry gas from Russia to Germany. It has been strongly opposed by the US, Ukraine and certain European countries as increasing European reliance on Russian energy and circumventing Ukraine.

Merkel said the talks with the US would take in “what are now the necessary joint positions in the relationship with Russia.”

Asked what Biden would receive in exchange for waiving sanctions on Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 AG and its German chief executive Matthias Warnig, as well as four of the company’s corporate officers, Merkel said things did not work that way.

The chancellor added that she would see Biden at the G7 summit in Britain in June and at the NATO summit in Brussels.

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