Washington and Berlin have committed to imposing sanctions on Russia and German companies should Moscow use the pipeline as a political weapon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told Congress.

The United States and Germany have reached a deal that will allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions, a senior US official said Wednesday.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told Congress that the two governments would shortly announce details of the pact that is intended to address US and eastern and central European concerns about the impact of the Nord Stream 2 project.

However, there is strong bipartisan opposition to the pipeline in Congress as well as in

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