Germany's Merkel Discussed Nord Stream 2 with Putin

BERLIN (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, hours before the expected publication of Germany-United States agreement on the contested Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

"Energy questions such as gas transit through Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were also topics of discussion," the German government said in a statement on Wednesday.

The U.S. and Germany were due to publish a compromise deal later on Wednesday evening designed to ensure that the pipeline does not damage the interests of Ukraine. The U.S. long opposed the pipeline.

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