Germany has tried to persuade the USA not to impose sanctions against the gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2” during negotiations at different levels. This was stated in the Cabinet’s response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction in the German Bundestag.
“[The German government] has worked closely with partners in the EU and with the association itself on the issue of extraterritorial sanctions. It also participated in the 2020-2021 demarches of several EU member states in Washington against these U.S. sanctions,” the statement said.
Negotiations with Washington on Nord Stream-2 are confidential and Berlin will not provide information on their content. Germany stressed that the federal government also maintains contacts with companies involved in the construction of the pipeline.
On March 17, Reuters quoted its sources as saying that German authorities had changed their tactics in the fight for Nord Stream 2. To avoid pressure from the U.S., the government decided to delay and move on to specific proposals only after the route was built. Berlin believes that U.S. President Joe Biden, unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, will treat the situation pragmatically and will not go on principle.