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Merkel Says U.S. Pipeline Deal Is ‘Good Step’ Despite Tensions

  • German leader says EU still has leverage over Russia
  • U.S., Germany set aside disagreement over Nord Stream 2
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Photographer: Hannibal Hanschke/AFP via Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel called a fresh agreement with President Joe Biden over the Nord Stream 2 gas connection a “good step” even if it leaves lingering transatlantic tension over how to respond to Russia.

Less than a week after Merkel’s Washington visit for talks with Biden, the U.S. and Germany sealed an agreement on Wednesday that accepted the completion of the pipeline and saw Berlin commit to action against Russia if the Kremlin uses its energy infrastructure as a “weapon.”