President Joe Biden lifted Nord Stream 2 sanctions to entice Germany’s government to cooperate in safeguarding Ukraine from Russian aggression, the president said Thursday alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the joint press conference at the White House, the president reiterated his “view on Nord Stream 2 has been known for some time” but added, “Good friends can disagree.”
“By the time I became president, it was 90% completed, and imposing sanctions did not seem to make any sense,” he continued in the ornate East Room. “It made more sense to work with the chancellor on finding out how she would proceed based on whether or not Russia tried to essentially blackmail Ukraine in some way.”
Biden said both he and Merkel asked their “teams to look at practical measures we can take together and whether or not your energy security, Ukrainian security, are actually strengthened or weakened based on Russian actions.”
Biden waived sanctions, originally enacted