When German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Meseberg Palace outside Berlin on August 18, the two leaders will reportedly discuss the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which plans to transport Russian gas to Germany as well as Merkel’s demand that some gas transit via Ukraine is preserved.

“I would expect that the Merkel-Putin meeting at Messeberg could result in a broad declaration, which would re-emphasize all the points already made in respect of Nord Str...

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