Germany Won’t Change Its Stance on Nord Stream 2 Under Biden, Foreign Minister Maas Says

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In mid-December, Rolf Muetzenich, leader of the German Social Democratic Party group in the Bundestag, called to set up urgent new legal protections for Nord Stream 2 in the face of US sanctions against the gas pipeline project.

Berlin will not yield to pressure by Washington in the two’s dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project even after the transfer of power in the US in January, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) on Monday.

Democrat Joe Biden’s 306 votes from the US Electoral College earlier in December are set to be certified by Congress on 6 January, confirming his 3 November presidential election win – something that President Donald Trump declines to admit, claiming “voter fraud”.

Although Berlin hopes for an improvement in US-German ties under Biden, a spate of bones of contention, including the Nord Stream 2 issue, will remain, according to Maas.

The remarks came after the US Congress passed the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), which among other things has paved the way for sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that Washington’s intention to impose sanctions against the project is nothing but unfair competition that violates international law.

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