Joe Biden receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15

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Biden receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15 after sanctions are lifted on the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that the GOP says is a “gift” to Russia

  • The White House said the meeting will reaffirm the two nations’ ‘deep bilateral ties’
  • Merkel and Biden will also discuss ending the pandemic and climate change
  • Biden waived sanctions two weeks ago against Nord Stream 2 and Putin ally Matthias Warnig director
  • It enabled the company to complete the pipeline running from the Russian Arctic
  • Republicans have said allowing construction to proceed is a ‘gift’ to Moscow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to reaffirm “the deep bilateral ties” between the two countries, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

The visit was announced after the president decided to waive sanctions on the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that runs from Russia’s Arctic under the Baltic Sea — a move Republicans say is a “gift.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US is now working to ensure that Germany does not become energy dependent on Russia.

Biden’s State Department insisted that lifting the sanctions was in the US national interest.

“Leaders will discuss their commitment to working closely together on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the threat of climate change and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.” ‘ said Psaki.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to reaffirm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to reaffirm “the deep bilateral ties” between the two countries, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. The pair last met when Biden was vice president in 2009

The visit was announced after the president decided to waive sanctions on the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that runs from Russia's Arctic under the Baltic Sea — a move Republicans say is a

The visit was announced after the president decided to waive sanctions on the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that runs from Russia’s Arctic under the Baltic Sea — a move Republicans say is a “gift.” Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said the US is now working to ensure that Germany does not become energy dependent on Russia

The announcement was made on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in England. Since taking office, Biden has hosted two other world leaders, Japan and South Korea.

Republicans have criticized Biden’s decision to waive sanctions on the pipeline, claiming it would hurt the US economy and geopolitical interests in Europe.

It is a new natural gas pipeline that runs from Ust-Luga in Russia to Griefswald in Germany across the Baltic Sea.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and a group of his colleagues wrote to Biden on Monday that he had “strong objections” to the move.

They said the completion would be a “gift” to Russian President Putin after the hack that crippled the colonial pipeline and caused gas shortages in the US.

“This move, which will send more Russian natural gas to Europe, will also put U.S. resources at a clear competitive disadvantage, costing American jobs and reducing America’s geopolitical influence,” lawmakers said in their letter.

During a meeting between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, they discussed the construction of the pipeline.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports of the lifting of sanctions were “a positive signal” and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said it was an “opportunity for a gradual transition to normalization of our bilateral ties”.

Republicans have criticized Biden's decision to waive sanctions on the pipeline, claiming it would hurt the US economy and geopolitical interests in Europe.  It is a new natural gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea

Republicans have criticized Biden’s decision to waive sanctions on the pipeline, claiming it would hurt the US economy and geopolitical interests in Europe. It is a new natural gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea

Merkel's meeting was announced after Biden met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and 'reaffirmed the special relationship'

Merkel’s meeting was announced after Biden met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ‘reaffirmed the special relationship’

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