Merkel eyes talks with new US administration on Nord Stream 2 row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to talk with the United States’ new government about a long-running row over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline connecting Russia to Germany. “We have to talk about which economic relations in the area of gas are acceptable with Russia and which aren’t,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin. Merkel pointed to the fact that the US also trades with Russia in oil. The US says the nearly complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline will increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia and has targeted the project with sanctions. Proponents of the pipeline have accused Washington …

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