The new US administration is signaling that it is ready to talk about ending US sanctions on the controversial Baltic gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. However, the Americans expect that the German side will also take certain steps towards the United States.
The Germans should offer a batch solution, said in interview to the German edition Handelsblatt one of the US officials who participated in the negotiations. “Otherwise, we will not be able to solve the problem of Nord Stream 2,” the source added.
As noted by Handelsblatt, the Americans are interested in the issue of the gas pipeline being linked to a mechanism that will prevent further growth of Europe's dependence on Russian gas and the termination of transit supplies through Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the topic of "Nord Stream 2" by phone with US President Joe Biden, although this point was not mentioned in the official statement of the German government following the conversation.