20:10 GMT26 July 2021
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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany and the United States have advanced in negotiations on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.

    "In recent weeks, a lot of preliminary work has been done, and I believe that our positions have become closer on many points", Maas said, as quoted by the DPA news agency.

    The minister did not specify whether a breakthrough on the matter should be expected during the meeting between US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, scheduled to take place later on Wednesday in Washington.

    The Russian pipe layer vessel Akademik Cherskiy is pictured in the waters of Kaliningrad, Russia. Pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky is able to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
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    The Russian pipe layer vessel "Akademik Cherskiy" is pictured in the waters of Kaliningrad, Russia. Pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky is able to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
    "The important thing is that we have a goal ... and I am also confident that we will achieve it", Maas added without giving any specific deadline.

    The Russia-led project, which is nearly complete, aims at transporting natural gas from Russia directly to Germany. Washington has been a vocal opponent to Nord Stream 2, considering it as a threat to European energy independence, and has imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on companies and businessmen engaged in the project.

    Berlin, however, continues to support the pipeline's construction and has condemned Washington's attempts to disrupt it.

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    Angela Merkel, Joe Biden, US, Nord Stream 2, Nord Stream 2, Nord Stream 2, Germany
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