Biden consulted with Merkel on how to prevent Russia from using gas for political purposes

Updates: 30.10.2021 21:08

Rome – US President Joe Biden met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome today. They talked about how to prevent Russia from using natural gas supplies for political manipulation. After their meeting, the White House informed about it.

According to a press release on the White House website, Biden stressed the importance of “ensuring that Russia cannot manipulate natural gas supplies due to unfair political purposes”.

The meeting was also attended by Olaf Scholz, who will probably become Angela Merkel’s successor as Chancellor. The Social Democratic Party of Germany, of which Scholz is a member and candidate for chancellor, won the September parliamentary elections. He is now negotiating a possible coalition with the Greens and the Liberals (FDP).

Gas supplies from Russia have come to the fore in a situation where the prices of this raw material in Europe have risen sharply. There are several factors to blame, but especially the higher demand for the pandemic and low stocks. Some critics say the Russian gas company Gazprom, controlled by the Kremlin, is comfortable with the situation and is pushing for the swift approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Gazprom denies such allegations. Nord Stream 2 is ready and will bring gas from Russia along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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