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U.S., Germany strike Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal to push back on Russian ‘aggression’

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By Andrea Shalal and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States and Germany on Wednesday unveiled an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under which Berlin pledged to respond to any attempt by Russia to wield energy as a weapon against Ukraine and other central and eastern European countries. The pact aims to mitigate what critics see as the strategic dangers of the $11 billion pipeline, now 98% complete, being built under the Baltic Sea to carry gas from Russia’s Arctic region to Germany. U.S. officials have opposed the pipeline, which would allowRussia to export gas directly…

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