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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrive to make a statement to the media before talks in Berlin February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)

Merkel and Biden ‘united against Russia aggression’

The US and Germany will stand together against Russian animosity, President Joe Biden said as he invited active Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington.

Mr Biden said he had voiced worry to Mrs Merkel over a Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline, however they concurred Moscow can’t be permitted to utilize energy as a weapon.

The US president said the two partners likewise went against hostile to vote based activities by China.

Mrs Merkel, who has worked with four US presidents, is leaving office.

“We stand together and will keep on standing together to guard our eastern flank partners at Nato against Russian animosity,” Mr Biden disclosed to Thursday’s joint news gathering with Mrs Merkel.

He recognized the two didn’t agree on the almost complete $11bn (£8bn) Nord Stream 2 flammable gas pipeline. The White House has said it will be utilized by Russia as influence over Ukraine and different neighbors.

“Old buddies can dissent,” said Mr Biden, who as of late postponed sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

The US president additionally said: “We will go to bat for popularity based standards and basic liberties when we see China or some other nation attempting to sabotage free and open social orders.”

Notwithstanding being solid exchange accomplices, Berlin has on occasion been incredulous of Beijing on the issue of common freedoms.

Mr Biden additionally told correspondents the US had no plans “right now” to send troops to Haiti in the midst of developing turmoil after the death of its leader.

Gotten some information about continuous fights in Cuba, Mr Biden said the “bombed state” was subduing its residents.

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“Socialism is a bombed framework, an all around bombed framework,” he said. “Furthermore, I don’t consider communism to be an exceptionally helpful substitute.”

The two chiefs underscored the friendly idea of their hour-long gathering, with Mrs Merkel alluding more than once to her host as “Dear Joe”.

Mr Biden told his visitor: “I will miss seeing you at our culminations.”

The German chief had a chilly relationship with Mr Biden’s archetype, Donald Trump, and periodic pressure, as well, with George W Bush and Barack Obama, the other two presidents her residency has crossed.

Mrs Merkel, who became chancellor in 2005, isn’t running again in September’s decisions. Her Christian Democratic Union leads assessments of public sentiment.