To German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Thursday (15/7), United States President (US) Joe Biden again expressed his concern about the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, a major project that is almost completed. However, the two leaders agreed that Russia should not be allowed to use energy as a weapon.
Biden and Merkel discussed their differences over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline during Merkel’s farewell visit, which was generally amicable. Merkel will end her four-term political career.
“Personally, I have to tell you that I will miss seeing you at our summits,” Biden said, standing by Merkel, the second longest-serving chancellor in German history, at a press conference at the White House in Washington Thursday (15/15). /7) afternoon.
“I’m really going to miss him,” Biden said.
Merkel is known to have had a difficult relationship with former President Donald Trump. He appears relaxed and familiar with Biden, who has long been a key figure in international politics. Merkel has repeatedly referred to Biden as “Dear Joe.”
Both are concerned about how the two countries will negotiate a growing disagreement. The US has long argued that the Nord Stream 2 project would threaten Europe’s energy security with the continent’s increasing dependence on Russian gas. This allows Russia to exert political pressure on vulnerable Eastern and Central European countries, particularly Ukraine.
However, Biden recently lifted sanctions on any German entity involved in the project, a move that angered many in Congress. [ka/lt]