According to a document revealed on Tuesday, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz allegedly offered the US up to EUR 1 bn in import subsidies for LNG to prevent the imposition of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction. In the opinion of MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, it was “an attempt to bribe the US”, to which Donald Trump's administration did not succumb.
On Wednesday, the German parliament Bundestag urgently called Mr Scholz over recent revelations. He had to leave the ongoing government conference on the coronavirus pandemic to arrive at the parliament to take part in the ongoing debate on Russia's policy, including the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The Bundestag meeting has been suspended until the minister's arrival.
The Green party, which wants an explanation from Mr Scholz, submitted a request for the minister of finance to appear in the debate in the German parliament on Wednesday.
The US has been pursuing a sanction policy against the Nord Stream 2 project for a while. The new pipeline could make Europe overly dependent on Russian energy supplies.
So far, the German Ministry of Finance has not commented on the document revealing the offer by Mr Scholz, pointing to the confidentiality of negotiations with the US.