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French President Macron is heading to Germany following meetings with the leaders of Ukraine and Russia. Keeping diplomatic channels open is key to avoiding a worsening of the crisis in eastern Ukraine where Russian troops have amassed at the border.
US President Joe Biden has said there is no chance of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project going should Russia mount an offensive. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on his first White House visit in office, was more guarded.
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, built to meet Germany’s future power needs, is seen as controversial for allies like the US. The project faces renewed calls to be shelved amid a standoff between Russia and the West.
Olaf Scholz is in Washington for the first time as chancellor at a time when a major international crisis has exposed a difference of opinions. But some say Scholz and Biden may actually have much in common.
Scholz has told the Washington Post that Germany was observing strict criteria on weapons exports in declining to supply Ukraine with arms. But he vowed a “united and decisive” response if Russia invades Ukraine.