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Merkel's negotiating team for Nord Stream 2 goes to Washington

A high-level team of German negotiators will visit Washington to discuss the prospects for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

This is reported by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

The visit will take place a few days before the first trip of American President Joe Biden to Europe. The delegates will try to resolve the tension in the economic relations between the United States and Germany.

The group is headed by Jan Hecker, a foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Lars-Hendrik Reller, Merkel's economic adviser.

They will meet with US President Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and the new US Trade Representative, Catherine Tai.

One of the topics of the talks will be "Nord Stream 2”. The White House opposed the construction of the project, but in late May, Biden called it” counterproductive from the point of view of European relations “to impose new sanctions, since the gas pipeline is” almost finished”.

WAZ notes that unofficially, Washington allows the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream 2. However, it will be possible to put it into operation only when the Kremlin changes its behavior, in particular in Ukraine.

As previously reported, the State Department sent a justification to Congress to lift sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG (the operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline).

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