The Nord Stream 2 pipeline was one big topic during Angela Merkel's and Vladimir Putin’s meeting in Sochi on Friday. The pipeline project has many critics as it bypasses Ukraine as a transit nation.
The green movement has very little in common with US President Donald Trump. But both are moving against the beleaguered Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is now being built to send Russian gas to Europe.
The chancellor told her Russian counterpart that measures needed to be taken to ensure "smooth passage" through the Kerch Strait. But stopping conflict in the Sea of Azov wasn't the only thing the two leaders discussed.
Chancellor Merkel pledged to press Vladimir Putin over the latest escalation in Ukraine while opening a key Berlin conference with Ukrainian officials. Ukraine's Poroshenko has asked NATO for naval assistance.
The Polish leader said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, meant to transport Russian gas to Germany, would upset the "energy balance." He also called it a threat to central and eastern European countries.
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