Germany Offered Washington to Spend €1 Billion Aiding US LNG Imports If US Ended Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

The German government offered the Trump administration financial support of up to €1 billion ($1.21 billion) in a bid to prevent Washington from imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, according to documents published by the non-profit Environmental Action Germany (DUH) Tuesday.

The controversial pipeline, which is nearing completion, would double the amount of natural gas delivered annually from Russia to Germany.

What did Germany allegedly offer?

The DUH published a personal letter from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Scholz allegedly offered funding for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US.

In return, the US was asked to allow the “unhindered construction and operation of Nord Stream 2.”

“The German government is willing to massively increase its public support for the construction of LNG terminals along the German coastline … by providing up to €1 billion,” the letter stated.

“Future legislation, which could be the basis for sanctioning Nord Stream 2, will either not be used or, in the case of compulsory sanctions provisions, blocked by waivers or other adequate and effective tools.”

Scholz is a member of the Social Democrats (SPD), the junior partners in Germany’s coalition government. He is the party’s lead candidate in this year’s national elections.

What were the political reactions?

Sascha Mueller-Kraenner, executive director of DUH called it a “scandal” and a “dirty deal at the expense of third parties.”

A number of opposition politicians also condemned the revelations.

“It is completely unacceptable that Olaf Scholz is trying to use taxpayers’ money to gold-plate US fracked gas in Germany while at the same time wanting to buy Nord Stream 2 out of US sanctions,” Green Party lawmaker Sven-Christian Kindler said in a statement.

Left Party politician Sevim Dagdelen called the offer of taxpayers’ money on the subsidized construction of LNG terminals “downright criminal.”

“You don’t make dirty secret deals with brazen blackmailers, even if they are in the White House or in the US Senate,” Dagdelen said.

The Finance Ministry in Berlin did not initially comment on the matter, although a spokesman said a statement was being prepared.

What is the dispute over Nord Stream 2?

The DUH and other climate activists oppose the expansion of LNG infrastructure in Germany as well as the Nord Stream 2 project largely over potential greenhouse gas emission concerns.

The US and several eastern European countries fear the pipeline will increase western Europe’s energy dependency on Russia.

However, supporters of the gas pipeline have long accused the US of only wanting to sell shipments of domestically fracked LNG to European customers.

Criticism of Nord Stream has also grown in light of Russia’s treatment of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

In an interview Tuesday with the German newspaper Rheinische Post, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier defended the pipeline by saying that fuel sales were “one of the last bridges between Russia and Europe.”

He said this was all the more important as June would mark 80 years since Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany said the remarks were met with “surprise and indignation” in Kyiv, as they ignored Ukranian victims of the Nazis.

Ukraine’s opposition to Nord Stream 2 also stems in part because Kyiv benefits by collecting transit fees from Russian gas shipped through existing pipelines to Europe. Nord Stream 2’s Baltic Sea routing will bypass Ukraine, sending that gas directly from Russia to Germany.

  1. Josep says

    I actually remember this was news weeks if not months ago. Is this a reprint of an older article?

  2. yuri says

    Americans too stupid to accept bribe…NS to be complete in 6 weeks
    no taco for gringos

    1. ken says

      Yuri,,, Americans will take bribes all day long. They just have to align with the right narrative. More fuel for heat and power does not align with human depopulation.

    2. qu0vad1s says

      I am not sure that stupidity has a passport. There are corrupt and stupid people on every continent. It could be that like pornography, fast food and abortion, the US has led the way but they have had plenty of willing takers.

  3. ken says

    We already know the Climate Cult wants to eliminate about six billion. They’ll do this with the plague and restricting the ‘true’ green energy,,, oil,,, as oil comes from the mother.

    The fact that oil exists shows that the CO2 levels were much higher in the past,,, long before humans. After all,,, oil / coal is trapped carbon and hydrogen. Coal can be burnt very clean. They want you to BELIEVE the warming is from mankind using oil but most is from the millions of underwater volcano’s heating the oceans,,, thus the atmosphere.

    They have shutdown the Keystone pipeline and are trying to shut another that supplies the energy that heats the Midwest US during winter.

    The plague has reduced all travel, especially air,,, except for the Bill Gates among us.

    They have shut down meat processing plants,,, kept farmers (excepting corporate farms), from operating with taxes. This will eventually have its toll on food supplies.

    The slow poison ‘shots’ they will keep jabbing people will due the major work.

    Satan and his human comrades have taken over much of the planet. They have little time which is why they’re in such a hurry. Better look around folks. Even though you don’t believe God exists,,, They do!

  4. XSFRGR says

    When will the world finally find the courage not to grovel before the great Satan ?????

  5. Fred Mc says

    Why waste the money, Germany? The NS2 will be built regardless.

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