August 3, 2021

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The United States and Germany agree

This is one of the most complex relations between the United States and Germany in recent years. After several months of heated negotiations, on Wednesday, July 21, Washington and Berlin announced that they had reached an agreement on the Nort Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is to carry Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

In practice, the deal would allow the site to be completed, 98% complete, but delayed by US sanctions against several companies involved in the project. In exchange for lifting the embargo demanded by Germany, US President Joe Biden held talks with Berlin to prevent Russia from using its energy to the detriment of Ukraine.

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“If Russia seeks to use its energy as a weapon or carry out other acts of aggression against Ukraine, Germany will take action nationally and press for more effective measures nationally., Whether it was written in the press release.

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In addition, Berlin and Washington promise that Russian gas will continue “Transport via Ukraine after 2024”, The current deadline given in the agreement with Moscow. “Germany is using all its pressure channels to facilitate the extension [de cet accord] Up to ten extra years’, Refers to the contract, which states that Berlin will appoint one “Special Envoy” 1 is responsible for these negotiationsThere is September. According to Kiev, this is an important source of income: in 2019, 40% of the 199 billion cubic meters of natural gas supplied to Europe by the Russian company Gosprom passed through the territory of Ukraine.

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Finally, Germany is trying to create one “Green Fund” To “Supporting Energy Change” In Ukraine, it promises to contribute மில்லியன் 150 million to the author “Encourage and support investments of at least $ 1 billion [848 millions d’euros] .

Diplomatic victory

Five days after Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington, the deal appears to be a diplomatic victory for the German chancellor, who has always defended Nort Stream 2. “We are pleased to find a constructive agreement with the United States on Nort Stream 2.”, Welcomed its Foreign Minister Heiko Masa on Twitter on Wednesday evening. “I’m glad Atlantic cooperation is back to normal.”, Also welcomed its Economy Minister Peter Altmeier.

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