German foreign minister announces progress in talks with the U.S. on NSP2

Germany and the United States have made progress in realization of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline. Heiko Maas, head of the German Foreign Ministry, announced this during his visit to Detroit.

Heinz Maas said during his visit to Detroit, “We have made a lot of preparations in recent weeks, and I think we have gotten closer on many points,” said Maas, who was quoted by DW as saying.

The German foreign policy chief did not predict whether a breakthrough in negotiations would be announced at the upcoming meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden.

“It’s important that we have a goal, and I’m sure we’ll achieve it,” Maas added.

A day earlier, German publicist Andreas Kluth said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel humiliated the U.S. president by consistently supporting the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

He stressed that Merkel had not conceded to the U.S. leader’s demands for the pipeline “not even an inch.”

Merkel and Biden will meet on July 15 in Washington. The White House said the talks would discuss Nord Stream 2.

Earlier, on June 26, it was reported that U.S. and German authorities are discussing the possibility of strengthening the energy sector in Ukraine because of the imminent completion of the Nord Stream 2 project.