Joe Biden and Merkel are united in the face of Russian pressure

Joe Biden and Merkel are united in the face of Russian pressure

United States President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in Washington on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The meeting comes before Merkel resigns from office this fall.

UMMATIMES - Relations between the United States and Germany had soured over a Russian gas pipeline, called Nord Stream 2. "I reiterate concerns about Nord Stream 2, Chancellor Merkel and I are of one voice that Russia is not allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce or threaten its neighbors," Biden said. at a joint press conference with Merkel.

Joe Biden continued, that his views on Nord Stream 2 have been known for a long time. "Good friends may disagree, but by the time I became president, it was 90 percent complete and the imposition of sanctions seemed unreasonable," Biden said.

Instead, Biden said, he and Angela Merkel both asked his team to look at practical steps that could be taken together. "And whether European energy security, Ukraine's security is really strengthened or weakened based on Russia's actions," he said.

A White House official said during the meeting Biden and Merkel also discussed climate change, a Covid-19 vaccine, Russian cyberattacks and democracy in Ukraine.

The visit came three months before Merkel left office in October. Merkel has been Germany's number one for more than 15 years.

Joe Biden is the fourth US president to meet Merkel. On Thursday, July 15, 2021, Angela Merkel said the meeting marked her 23rd visit to Washington since becoming chancellor.