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Germany commits to press for European action against Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal with U.S. -official

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U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

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WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - Germany has committed as part of an agreement with Washington to take national-level actions and press for action, including sanctions, at the European level, if Russia uses energy as a weapon in dealings with other countries, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday.

The United States elected not to go into detail in the agreement over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline over how such action would be triggered, so as not to "provide Russia with a roadmap in terms of how they can evade those measures," the official told reporters, on condition of anonymity.

Reporting by Simon Lewis, David Brunnstrom, Andrea Shalal and Doyinsola Oladipo

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