What was likely was the European leader’s final appearance at the White House on Thursday, before he is removed from his long-time position this fall.
According to Biden, the ongoing dispute between the United States and Germany over a Russian gas pipeline called Nord Stream 2 played out between the two leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.
“While I reiterate our concerns about Nord Stream 2, Chancellor Merkel and I are fully united in our belief that Russia should not threaten or threaten its neighbours,” Biden said during a joint news conference with Merkel. Energy should not be allowed to be used as a weapon for giving.” .
“My view on Nord Stream 2 has been known for some time. Good friends may disagree, but by the time I became president, it was 90% complete and there was no point in banning,” he continued kept.
Instead, Biden said, the two leaders have asked “our teams to look at practical measures we can take together, and whether or not Europe’s energy security, Ukraine’s security is really based on Russian actions.” But strong or weak.”
An official said climate change, Covid-19 vaccines, Russian cyber attacks, Ukraine and the shunning of their democracy were also topics on the agenda.
The visit came just three months before he left his role as chancellor of Germany in October, after having held the position for more than 15 years. Elections to replace the “Chancellor of the Free World” are due in September.
Biden is the fourth US president he has held talks with. And on Thursday, Merkel said it was her 23rd visit to Washington since becoming chancellor.
Administration officials have been consistent in describing the visit as a “working” session that is looking forward, despite Merkel’s limited time remaining over the German government. But after visiting Washington for a decade and a half, his final visit to the US President was a moment to reflect on his legacy.