The US and Germany have reached a deal allowing for completion of a stalled controversial natural-gas pipeline, bringing an end to years of tension between the two allies.
- The Biden administration will withdraw their long standing opposition to the project, Nord Stream 2, a major change in US stance. Under the deal, Germany will help Ukraine in energy projects and diplomacy.
- The two past presidential administrations were opposed to the Russian pipeline project fearing it would empower Moscow’s economic and political influence across Europe.
- The U.S. President is seeking closer relations with Europe and with Berlin in particular, the administration waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, indicating a change in U.S. stance.
Mr. Biden is opposed to the pipeline and argues it is a Russian move to expand their influence, but considers the unity of allies as the most effective way to challenge Moscow.
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