<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.08/article/5b783b17fc7e93f32f8b45ec.jpg"> <figcaption>© Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have met in Berlin to discuss the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which Trump has called a “horrible mistake.”</strong> The meeting is likely to spark anger from the Trump administration, after the US president said it was a <em>“tragedy”</em> that Germany had agreed to the pipeline deal with Russia, accusing Berlin of being a <em>“captive”</em> of Moscow through participating in the project. <figure> <div class="media__youtube"> <iframe class="media__youtube-frame" width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RHSdngRH2WI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure>
The $11-billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline project aims to double the existing pipeline’s current annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. It is expected to become operational by the end of next year, with both Germany and Russia insisting that the project is a private business affair.
Putin and Merkel are also expected to speak about other issues, including Syria and Ukraine.
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