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Biden and Merkel 'united against Russia aggression' Biden and Merkel 'united against Russia aggression'
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Angela Merkel and four US presidents Angela Merkel has worked with four US presidents in 16 years
The US and Germany will stand together against Russian aggression, President Joe Biden said as he welcomed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington.The US and Germany will stand together against Russian aggression, President Joe Biden said as he welcomed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington.
Mr Biden said he had voiced concern to Mrs Merkel over a Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline, but they agreed Moscow cannot be allowed to use energy as a weapon.Mr Biden said he had voiced concern to Mrs Merkel over a Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline, but they agreed Moscow cannot be allowed to use energy as a weapon.
The US president said the two allies also opposed anti-democratic actions by China.The US president said the two allies also opposed anti-democratic actions by China.
Mrs Merkel, who has worked with four US presidents, is leaving office.Mrs Merkel, who has worked with four US presidents, is leaving office.
"We stand together and will continue to stand together to defend our eastern flank allies at Nato against Russian aggression," Mr Biden told Thursday's joint news conference with Mrs Merkel."We stand together and will continue to stand together to defend our eastern flank allies at Nato against Russian aggression," Mr Biden told Thursday's joint news conference with Mrs Merkel.
He acknowledged the two did not see eye to eye on the nearly complete $11bn (£8bn) Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The White House has said it will be used by Russia as leverage over Ukraine and other neighbours.He acknowledged the two did not see eye to eye on the nearly complete $11bn (£8bn) Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The White House has said it will be used by Russia as leverage over Ukraine and other neighbours.
"Good friends can disagree," said Mr Biden, who recently waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2."Good friends can disagree," said Mr Biden, who recently waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
The US president also said: "We will stand up for democratic principles and human rights when we see China or any other country working to undermine free and open societies."The US president also said: "We will stand up for democratic principles and human rights when we see China or any other country working to undermine free and open societies."
Despite being strong trade partners, Berlin has at times been critical of Beijing on the issue of human rights.Despite being strong trade partners, Berlin has at times been critical of Beijing on the issue of human rights.
Mr Biden also told reporters the US had no plans "at the moment" to send troops to Haiti amid growing unrest after the assassination of its president.Mr Biden also told reporters the US had no plans "at the moment" to send troops to Haiti amid growing unrest after the assassination of its president.
Asked about ongoing protests in Cuba, Mr Biden said the "failed state" was repressing its citizens.Asked about ongoing protests in Cuba, Mr Biden said the "failed state" was repressing its citizens.
"Communism is a failed system, a universally failed system," he said. "And I don't see socialism as a very useful substitute.""Communism is a failed system, a universally failed system," he said. "And I don't see socialism as a very useful substitute."
Protests prompt Cuba to lift import tax on foodProtests prompt Cuba to lift import tax on food
Ex-soldiers 'knew of plot to kill Haiti president'Ex-soldiers 'knew of plot to kill Haiti president'
Both leaders emphasised the amicable nature of their hour-long meeting, with Mrs Merkel referring more than once to her host as "Dear Joe".Both leaders emphasised the amicable nature of their hour-long meeting, with Mrs Merkel referring more than once to her host as "Dear Joe".
Mr Biden told his guest: "I will miss seeing you at our summits."Mr Biden told his guest: "I will miss seeing you at our summits."
Mrs Merkel expressed "sympathy" for the dozens of people killed by heavy flooding back home in Germany.Mrs Merkel expressed "sympathy" for the dozens of people killed by heavy flooding back home in Germany.
Flooding kills dozens in Germany and BelgiumFlooding kills dozens in Germany and Belgium
The German leader had a frosty relationship with Mr Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, and occasional tension, too, with George W Bush and Barack Obama, the other two presidents her tenure has spanned.The German leader had a frosty relationship with Mr Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, and occasional tension, too, with George W Bush and Barack Obama, the other two presidents her tenure has spanned.
Mrs Merkel, who became chancellor in 2005, is not running again in September's elections. Her Christian Democratic Union leads opinion polls.Mrs Merkel, who became chancellor in 2005, is not running again in September's elections. Her Christian Democratic Union leads opinion polls.