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US and Germany reach deal on controversial pipeline that Biden sees as a Russian ‘geopolitical project’

US and Germany reach deal on controversial pipeline that Biden sees as a Russian ‘geopolitical project’

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"While we remain opposed to the pipeline, we reached the judgment that sanctions would not stop its construction and risked undermining a critical alliance with Germany, as well as with the EU and other European allies," a senior State Department official said Wednesday. The announcement is unlikely to end bitter divides over the pipeline, with US lawmakers condemning the agreement, Ukrainian officials immediately weighing in to say they are lodging diplomatic protests and even the US acknowledging their opposition to the project remains firm."I would just say emphatically that we still oppose Nord Stream 2, we still believe it's a Russian geopolitical malign influence project, none of that has changed," the senior official said.President Joe Biden said late Wednesday that at this sta...
Belarus opposition leader says she gave sanctions list to Biden administration

Belarus opposition leader says she gave sanctions list to Biden administration

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Tsikhanouskaya, who is in Washington for meetings with senior administration officials, told reporters Tuesday that she delivered a list of companies that are monopolized by the regime of Belarus' strongman President Alexander Luakshenko "and his cronies," including Belaruskali potash as well as oil, wood and steel enterprises.The Belarusian opposition politician called on the administration to enact stronger sanctions, saying that the she believed the initial tranches were more symbolic and "moral sanctions" -- "they didn't hit the regime and I think that we really lost time," she said. Tsikhanouskaya said that the sectoral sanctions imposed by the European Union following Lukashenko's forced diversion of a Ryanair flight were strong, and said the US could follow that policy "and als...