Germany and the U.S. have agreed a deal to allow the completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a deal welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel but condemned by Ukraine and Poland.
The $11 billion pipeline will transport gas from Russia's Arctic region to Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. It is 98 percent complete, and it will be finished within weeks.
It will also double Germany's amount of Russian-supplied gas, which Germany needs to phase out its reliance on nuclear energy and coal.
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