German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz offered the administration of former US President Donald Trump assistance in importing US liquefied natural gas in exchange for the removal of sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The attempted deal was reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), citing the German environmental NGO (Environmental Action Germany (DUH)).
According to their information, the German government was ready to provide the U.S. with the financial support of up to one billion euros. In return, the country expected that future legislation, which could become the basis for sanctions against Nord Stream-2, either would not be used or “would be blocked by waivers or other adequate and effective tools. “According to the publication, the executive director of the German environmental organization Sascha Müller-Krenner, called the planned “dirty deal at the expense of third parties.” Other opposition politicians were also unhappy with the “buyout” by the finance minister, arguing that taxpayers’ money would be used to implement the agreement.
The German Finance Ministry itself has not yet commented on the information. However, it is known that an official statement on this issue is being prepared.
Earlier, Germany assessed the damage from the refusal to build “Nord Stream-2. The sanctions against Russia and the refusal to build the pipeline will not lead to a positive shift in relations between Germany and Russia, according to the head of the German-Russian Forum Matthias Platzeck.