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.
Vladimir Putin is coming to Germany on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two long-serving leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
Berlin is under increasing pressure to pull the plug on Nord Stream 2, the planned gas pipeline that would link Russia and Germany below the Baltic Sea. Here is what you need to know about the massive project.
The 1,200-kilometer undersea pipeline aims to deliver more than 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany. Environmentalists say construction work will harm underwater life in the Baltic Sea.
Germany will be watching keenly when the mercurial US president meets his Russian counterpart. Germans are concerned on three counts: NATO, Crimea and the Nord Stream gas pipelines.
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