In a White House meeting, Biden and Merkel pledged to protect against Russian aggression
President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on Thursday in Washington in what is probably the final appearance of the European leader in the White House prior to her long-standing position this fall.
According to Biden, the ongoing conflict between the United States and Germany over the Nord Stream 2, Russian gas pipeline was discussed in the Oval Office on Thursday.
Biden, during a joint press conference with Merkel, said "While I reaffirmed my concerns about Nord Stream 2, Chancellor Merkel and I are totally unified in our conviction that Russia cannot use energy as a weapon to compel or threaten its neighbours,"
He says that both leaders "asked our teams to examine the practical measures we might take together, and whether or not the energy security of Europe, the security of Ukraine, based upon Russian actions, has been actually strengthened or weakened."
Climate change, Covid-19 vaccinations, Russian cyberattacks, Ukraine, and the strengthening of their democracies were also on the table for discussion, according to one official.