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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...