German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas believes that progress has been made in the negotiations with the United States on the “Nord stream-2” pipeline, the DPA news agency reports.

“A lot of preliminary work has been carried out in recent weeks, and I believe that our positions have become closer on many points,” the agency quotes the minister as saying.

According to the agency, the minister did not specify whether a breakthrough can be expected from the meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with US President Joe Biden.

“The main thing is that we have a goal in front of our eyes, and I am also confident that we will achieve it,” Maas said.

The minister also did not give specific dates.

“But, of course, it would be great if this happened during the Chancellor’s visit to Washington,” the agency quotes him as saying.

On Wednesday, Merkel will go on an official visit to Washington, where she will hold a meeting with Biden on Thursday. In addition to bilateral relations, as the German Chancellor stated earlier, one of the topics of the negotiations will be the “Nord stream-2” and the issue of ensuring guarantees for the transit of Russian gas to Ukraine.