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Biden and Merkel agree Nord Stream 2 deal; US drops sanctions against gas pipeline from Russia but warns Kremlin over manipulating energy flows

Jul 22, 2021 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

JOE BIDEN agreed a deal with Angela Merkel last night to allow the completion of a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, ending a long-standing dispute over Moscow's power to control energy in Europe.

The president accepted letting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline go ahead, but warned that if Russia sought to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine or other countries in the region, both the US and Germany would retaliate.

With the deal, Mr Biden appears to have prioritised improving relation...