Germany ready to impose sanctions on Russia if energy is used as a weapon, Merkel says

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A compromise agreed with the United States on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Germany is a positive step, even if not all disputes will be resolved, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

Merkel said she had received Russian assurances that it would not use the pipeline – fiercely opposed by Ukraine and some other Eastern European countries – as a weapon, but added that Berlin was ready to respond if it did.

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“After all, we don’t have the tools to do anything,” she said, adding that she hoped sanctions against Moscow would not be necessary.

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