FILE – In this July 7, 2021, file photo State Department spokesperson Ned Price pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the State Department in Washington. The Biden administration has reached a preliminary agreement with Germany over a controversial Russia-to-Europe gas pipeline that is vehemently opposed by Ukraine and Poland as well as both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Price would not confirm on Tuesday, July 20, that a deal had been done, but said “the Germans have put forward useful proposals and we have been able to make progress on steps to achieve that shared goal, again that shared goal being to ensure that Russia cannot weaponize energy flows.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)