With the agreement that followed German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s visit to the United States, the United States and Germany pledged to counter Russia‘s attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon.
A joint statement by the United States and Germany included, “The United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia accountable for its aggression and malicious activities by imposing costs through sanctions and other means.”
“Germany will take action at the national level if Russia uses energy as a weapon or attempts to take further action against Ukraine.” and “Pressure will be exerted for effective measures at the European level, including the imposition of sanctions, to limit the export capacity of Russia‘s energy sector to Europe.”
It was also stated that the commitment was prepared to ensure that Russia does not misuse any pipeline, including Nord Stream 2, to achieve aggressive political ends by using energy as a weapon.
Pointing out that the energy security of Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe is supported, the joint statement expressed that the USA and Germany committed to support a fund of 1 billion dollars for Ukraine to diversify its energy resources, and Germany will provide 175 million dollars at first.
The statement said that the United States and Germany support the Three Seas Initiative and efforts to strengthen energy security with infrastructure connections in Central and Eastern Europe, and Germany has committed to expanding its relationship with the initiative. It is stated that Germany will contribute $17 Billion to the initiative fund of the European Union by 2027.