Shortly before the signing by the President of the United States of sanctions against Russian gas pipelines, the German leadership tried to prevent their introduction by providing not entirely true information.
This is written by an analyst with the influential German publication Bild Julian Repke.
“ To stop the sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline project, the German government at the last moment, obviously, came up with an agreement between Ukraine and Russia, which was not there,” the author writes, referring to a letter from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany to representatives of the US government.
It reported that Ukraine and Russia agreed on a new transit contract from January 1, 2020. This, according to the Government, makes sanctions against Nord Stream-2 unnecessary. A letter sent by the head of the Foreign Ministry a few hours before Trump signed the defense budget, which spells out sanctions, states that ” an agreement on future gas transit was signed an hour ago, and the results will be officially presented tomorrow at 14:00.”
According to the author of the article, official Berlin came up with a gas agreement that did not exist at that time. Information on reaching a compromise during the gas negotiations became known later, namely on December 20.
At the request of Bild, the agency said that at the time of sending the letter there were framework agreements between the countries, and a new agreement should be agreed before the end of the year.
According to the author of the article, the imposition of sanctions put Ukraine in a better position during negotiations with Russia. That is why the Russian Federation agreed to pay $ 3 billion for the decision of the Stockholm arbitration.
Earlier it became known that due to US sanctions, the Swiss company Allseas, the Nord Stream-2 pipe layer, suspended the construction of the pipeline.
Before that, Trump signed the US defense budget in the amount of $ 738 billion . The bill provides for the imposition of sanctions on companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe.