The Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany did not comment on the information of some media that Berlin allegedly tried to reach agreements with Washington to lift the sanctions against Nord Stream 2, said a representative of the ministry at a briefing in Berlin, reports TOP NEWS.
As Die Zeit wrote last week, the German government allegedly offered the U.S. a billion-dollar deal in exchange for Washington’s waiver of restrictions on the pipeline project, expressing its willingness to finance the construction of two terminals in Germany to receive American liquefied natural gas.
The publication added that the proposal was in a letter sent August 7 to his U.S. counterpart Stephen Mnuchin by German Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
“I can’t tell you about the new situation,” said the representative of the German Finance Ministry, answering the question of whether the agency is ready to acknowledge the existence of such a letter. The Nord Stream-2 project involves the construction of a pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast to Germany. The USA, promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries, are actively opposing it.
At present, disputes over the project have escalated against the background of the situation with Alexey Navalny. A number of Western politicians, including those in Germany, voiced a proposal to block the gas pipeline implementation.
However, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the Nord Stream-2 issues and the incident with Navalny should not be considered in aggregate.
The Kremlin, in its turn, has repeatedly urged to stop politicizing the Nord Stream-2 project because it is a commercial project and it benefits both Russia and the European Union, and Germany in the first place.
Earlier Radio Sputnik reported that the heads of East German states supported the completion of “Sevpotok-2”.