President Biden has invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington on July 15

to personally negotiate a solution to Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas line, Germany’s Handelsblatt business newspaper reports. To compensate for the loss of Russian gas transit fees, German and American officials have talked about Germany creating a hydrogen production industry in Ukraine.

The Biden Administration is backing off imposing sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and its German CEO, Matthias Warnig,

 CNN and Axios have reported from Washington. Seeking to avoid serious damage to the Germany-US relationship, President Biden apparently has decided to sanction Russian ships and subcontractors, the reports say, citing Washington officials. With the 1,230 km long pipeline 95% complete, it seems that the Russia-Germany gas line will be finished this summer – sanctions or no sanctions.