The German government has offered Washington a billion-dollar deal in exchange for waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Die Zeit newspaper reported Wednesday, citing its own sources.
It is reported that back in early August, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told his American counterpart Stephen Mnuchin, first orally and then in writing that Germany was ready to finance the construction of two special harbors for the import of American liquefied natural gas (LNG). The US government plans to export gas to Germany through terminals in the ports of Brunsbuttel and Wilhelmshaven.
According to the newspaper, a written proposal from Germany to support the construction of terminals вЂњproviding up to 1 billion eurosвЂќ arrived in Washington on August 7. вЂњIn response, the United States will allow the completion and launch of Nord Stream 2 without hindrance,вЂќ the publication quotes an excerpt from the ministry's document.
As expected, on September 24 and 25, the heads of EU countries will discuss at a summit in Brussels the future of the pipeline and the EU's response to the situation around the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The United States has long been trying to persuade Germany not to participate in Nord Stream 2, pointing out that it will increase the country's dependence on Russian gas. Berlin was inclined to support this project. However, after the German government announced that, according to the expert's data, Navalny was exposed to the chemical agent of the Novichok group, high-ranking officials began to admit the refusal to support the project.