Biden raises concerns about Nord Stream 2 to Merkel

Added On July 16, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday raised his concerns to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, warning Russia not to weaponize the energy.

The 1,230-km gas pipeline, which is expected to be completed next month, would bring natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.
Biden made the remarks at a press conference after a meeting with Merkel, the first European leader to visit the White House since Biden took office. 
Biden said he and Merkel reached the consensus that Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce or threaten its neighbors.
The United States has long claimed that the project was a geopolitical maneuver by Russia that will undermine Ukraine's role in transiting energy to Europe. Germany and Russia pointed out that the project is purely commercial.
Merkel said at the conference that the United States and Germany have different assessments regarding the Nord Stream 2, while stressing both agree that Ukraine will remain a transit country for natural gas.
The two leaders also covered topics such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Iran nuclear issue.