USA: Pompeo urges ceasefire in Libya, slams Chinese “repression against all religions”
From July 1&# 160; Germany became the presidency of the EU, as well as the UN Security Council
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks by phone with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the press service of the State Department reported..
Pompeo and Maas discussed ways to restore the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, US-EU cooperation in their common policy towards China, as well as steps to finally end violence and progress in political dialogue in Libya.
Pompeo highlighted Washington’s commitment to transatlantic solidarity and the need for continued coordinated action to address global challenges.
Recently, relations between Washington and Berlin have been strained by the German government’s decision to seek the completion of the undersea gas pipeline. "Nord Stream 2", which, in the opinion of the United States and a number of other European countries, threatens the economic security of the EU and makes the European, and in particular, the German, economy even more dependent on Russian energy supplies.
In turn, the United States is in favor of diversifying the European gas market and offers alternative supplies across the Atlantic of American natural liquefied gas.
In addition, President Donald Trump announced a partial (9,500 people) withdrawal of American troops from Germany. It has not yet been finally decided when and where the American military contingent will be withdrawn.. It is possible that some of the American soldiers will be redeployed to Poland and the Baltic countries, which declare an increasing threat to their security from Russia.
Germany has held the presidency of the EU Council and the UN Security Council since July 1.
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