The German government has offered the US a deal in exchange for Washington’s waiver of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. On Wednesday, September 16, the newspaper reports. Die zeit with reference to the letter of the Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz to the head of the American Ministry of Finance Steven Mnuchin on September 7.
According to the document, Germany offered to invest up to € 1 billion in exchange for Washington’s refusal to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project for its safe completion.
“In return, the United States will allow the unhindered completion and operation of Nord Stream 2,” the publication quotes the text of Berlin’s proposal.
On August 5, several US senators demanded that the port operator of Mukran stop supporting the construction of the gas pipeline, threatening “financial destruction”. In turn, representatives of 24 EU countries protested to the United States because of the likely restrictions, and Germany promised to discuss US threats at the UN level.
Nord Stream 2 is being built from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea to implement direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The USA, the Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine are against.
Last December, the United States imposed sanctions for the first time against companies involved in the construction of the gas pipeline. Because of this, the project was suspended.