German Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing a visit to Washington, during which she plans to resolve a dispute with the US government over the Nord Stream 2 project, German newspaper Handelsblatt reports, citing sources. The exact date of the trip has not yet been determined, but it is planned for July or August.
This trip will be Mrs Merkel’s first visit to the US capital since Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. According to the interlocutors of the edition, during the visit it is planned to discuss “a wide range of topics”, but “a particularly important role” will be played by the discussion of Nord Stream-2.
According to Handelsblatt, German officials have put forward several proposals on how to “defuse the conflict” over the construction of the pipeline. These proposals, as the newspaper specifies, still need to be finalized and agreed upon, after which they will form the basis of the negotiations between Joe Biden and Angela Merkel. In particular, the German side wants to propose “to turn Ukraine into an exporter of hydrogen”, but for this it is necessary to re-equip the existing network of gas pipelines, which will require “significant investments”, the newspaper notes. Also among the proposals is the expansion of assistance to Ukraine as a whole.
In May, the United States decided not to impose sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG gas pipeline and the head of the company, Matthias Warnig, justifying this by its national interests. The Kremlin described Washington’s decision as a positive signal. Ms Merkel considered the US waiver of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG a step towards Germany. On June 11, the Bundestag rejected a resolution against Nord Stream 2.
On the progress of the construction of the project – in the material of “Kommersant” “” Gazprom “linked itself with a thread with Europe.”