Merkel confirms EU deal on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a news conference after her working lunch with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union countries have reached an agreement on how to regulate Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, declining to give details on the compromise.

“Regarding the gas directive, we have reached an agreement and this was possible because Germany and France worked closely together,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Paul Carrel