(News 24h) – The phone call between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden did not mention the Nord Stream-2 project, Germany first.
On January 25, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden had a phone call and mentioned a series of new US policies, including the issue of connecting the alliance across the Atlantic.
|President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a meeting.|
The US President is looking to revive the transatlantic alliance with Germany, after the relationship became strained under former President Donald Trump.
The new US president has made a series of phone calls with his foreign counterparts in recent days, as part of an effort to correct US relations globally after four years of policy implementation. “America First” by Donald Trump.
The White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden conveyed that he sees the US partnership with NATO and the European Union as the foundation of collective security and shared democratic values. ours”.
Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for the German government, said Prime Minister Merkel welcomed Mr. Biden’s decisions on the first day of his presidency on re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Climate Agreement. Donald Trump pulled the United States out of both the WHO and the Paris Climate Agreement – an agreement signed by nearly every country aimed at curbing global warming.
Chancellor Angela Merkel also has positive reviews about Joe Biden’s election. However, the Prime Minister warned that not everything will be going smoothly. “There will be a difference of opinion with the administration of President Joe Biden” – Ms. Merkel said.
International media did not mention the content of the controversial Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline – the only issue of disagreement between the two alliances.
However, from recent moves, Germany is showing its “Germany first” stance and is ready to oppose the sanctions imposed on them by the US.
The evidence is that with the latest sanctions from Washington on the Russian tube ship Fortuna, they are still able to do their job in Danish waters.
The pipeline operator said the ship was still under construction on the evening of January 24. “Fortuna Pipeline Installer (…) has begun work on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters. All work is going on under license from Denmark ”.
In early December 2020, the project of more than 9 billion euros was resumed in German waters, after being suspended for nearly a year due to US sanctions.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin that Germany will not give up the Nord Stream 2 project, despite US sanctions and calls from the European Parliament to impose EU measures on the project. Russian-backed gas pipeline project over the Navalny incident.
“There is no direct link between the Navalny and Nord Stream-2 case,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
The German government has “heeded” to the European Parliament’s resolution requiring the suspension of Nord Stream 2, but this “does not change” their views regarding the pipeline project, Seibert said.
The new leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Party, Armin Laschet, said on January 25 that he would not reconsider his support for the Russian-backed pipeline, despite objections. of the US and Europe on completion.
Laschet has urged Russia to release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. But when pressed for domestic energy supplies, he said, “Germany will be the decider.”
When asked if he was willing to rethink the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, the Laschet leader replied: “No.”
He added that Germany and Russia maintained academic and business relationships even at the height of the Cold War.
The relationship would not be affected by political changes in American politics, and Merkel did not choose to discuss the matter with the new President Joe Biden.