Nord Stream 2 won't change close US-German ties, Blinken says

US State Secretary Antony Blinken says in an interview that Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, while a "bad idea," will not change the nation's relationship with Germany.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested US options for stopping Nord Stream 2 are limited but that differences over the Russian gas pipeline to Germany shouldn’t burden relations between the two allies.

While “we think it’s a bad idea,” Germany “is one our closest allies and partners anywhere in the world,” Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview recorded after a NATO summit in Brussels last week. “And the fact that we have a difference over this pipeline is not going to change that.”

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