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Jessica Berlin @berlin_bridge Jan 13: “Chancellor Scholz’s excuses for not sending MBTs have fallen apart. Months of time & lives have been lost. It’s time to put this debate to rest & #FreeTheLeopardshttps://twitter.com/berlin_bridge/status/1613946941649424421 https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeTheLeopards

Both German Chancellor Scholz and Biden Sec. of State Tony Blinken need to be investigated for collusion. Nord Stream ownership stakes are outlined here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/11/18/sweden-confirms-sabotage-of-the-nord-stream-gas-pipelines-stakes-high-for-owners-of-nord-stream-insurers-of-nord-stream-pipelines/

In August 2020, current German Chancellor Scholz tried (and failed) to bribe-bully the Trump Admin. into undermining US Congressional sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2, as can be seen in a letter, which appears authentic. At the time, Scholz was Merkel’s Minister of Finance. The letter to former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was accompanied by a “Non-Paper”, which included the idea of waiving sanctions mandated by the US Congress.

Germany’s waiver demand was implemented by the Biden Admin-Tony Blinken in May of 2021. The US Congress should use FOIA requests to verify the letter, and to obtain additional communications, especially those related to Blinken’s eventual waiver. Olaf Scholz, Merkel, and Schroeder should be investigated for possible collusion, as should Tony Blinken. Former Trump Sec. of State Rex Tillerson could be implicated, as well.

As has been documented in previous posts, Samuel Pisar was Biden Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s stepfather. At around age 9, Blinken moved to Paris when his mother married Pisar. Pisar seems to have been a very important, and maybe the main, liaison between western business people and the USSR. He was the lawyer and friend-confidant of Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father). He also acted as a liaison in Paris for Jeffrey Epstein, according to Le Parisien. That his stepson prostrated himself before Putin and former Stasi agent, Matthias Warnig, by allowing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to move forward, should come as no surprise. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2021/09/09/paris-computer-center-connecting-biden-blinken-epstein-maxwell-steve-jobs-russia-bush-iran-contra-more-together/

Olaf Scholz’ letter to Mnuchin was reported by Germany’s Deutsche Welle: “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….” (“Germany offered US ‘dirty deal’ over Nord Stream 2 sanctions”, 02/10/2021 February 10, 2021 https://www.dw.com/en/germany-offered-us-dirty-deal-to-drop-nord-stream-2-sanctions/a-56517249 )

US Congressional sanctions were later waived by Biden Sec. of State Blinken. This waiver was announced while Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Blinken were meeting:
US waives sanctions against Nord Stream company and CEO as Blinken & Lavrov meet in Iceland” 19 May, 2021 https://web.archive.org/web/20210519232421/https://www.rt.com/russia/524279-nordstream-sanction-waiver-lavrov-blinken/

This raises the question of who wrote the German “Non-Paper” document. Was it Germany? Or was it Russia? The head of NordStream, Matthias Warnig, is a former East German Stasi agent and friend of Putin, who apparently acted as a KGB-Stasi interface in East Germany.

Federal Ministry of Finance

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Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister

POSTAL ADDRESS Federal Ministry of Finance, 11016 Berlin

OFFICE ADDRESS Wilhelmstrasse 97, 10117 Berlin

The Honourable Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin
 Secretary of the Treasury, Department of the Treasury
DATE 7 August 2020

Our call of 05 August 2020
DOCUMENT NO (Please quote file no, and document no. in your reply.)
Dear Mr. Secretary,

dear Steven,
Thank you for our fruitful conversation.
Please find enclosed the non-paper I mentioned during our call. It includes the three pillars we talked about with respect to LNG and Nord Stream 2.
I look forward to following up hereon together with our foreign affairs and energy colleagues
in order to discuss possible ways forward.
Yours sincerely
, http://www.bundesfinanzministerium. de

Excerpts from the “Non-Paper”:
Non Paper Germany

Nord Stream 2 / U.S. LNG

Germany and its European partners have invested much effort to speed up the construction of LG import infrastructure and to safeguard the long-term gas transit through Ukraine, all measures aiming at strengthening European energy security. Germany has always been strongly committed to a well-functioning and diversified European energy and gas market.

The German government is very concerned about the latest sanctions measures announced by the State Department and the legislative developments in Congress with respect to Nord Stream 2. These will endanger the completion of the construction and operation of Nord Stream 2 and deeply infringe European energy sovereignty. Many companies from Germany, Europe and beyond face grave insecurity with regard to their activities on Nord Stream 2 and are threatened with ruin in some cases. The German government as well as our European partners firmly reject extraterritorial U.S sanctions as well as direct pressure from the U.S. administration.

As a way forward, Germany suggests closer coordination and continued engagement
 with a coordinated approach”:
[Blog Comment: Below is the “bribery” part.]
Increasing German Government support for LNG import infrastructure:
Germany and Europe have considerably increased their imports of U.S. LNG in the recent past. The German natural gas grid is connected to existing EU LNG terminals, i.e. Germany’s natural gas market is already open to U.S. LNG imports.

Investments in LG terminals in Germany are facilitated by the German government via the “Ordinance to improve the regulatory framework for the construction of LNG infrastructure in Germany”

In addition to these measures, the German government is willing to massively increase its public support for the construction of LNG terminals along the German coastline in order to secure the construction of LNG terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven by providing up to 1 bn. €….

Nord Stream 2:
The German government is very concerned about the latest uncoordinated sanctions measures announced by the State Department with respect to Nord Stream 2. The new guidance for Section 232 of CAATSA, PEESA and the latest initiatives in Congress to make PEESA even stricter (PEESCA) intentionally endanger the completion of the construction and the operation of Nord Stream 2.

[Blog Comment: The consultation process was supposed to be with the American people. The law was passed by the US Congress and the executive branch isn’t supposed to override US law. To his credit, Mnuchin did not do what Germany asked. Blinken did override US law as per Germany’s “request”.]
The former guidance for Section 232 of CAATSA was one of the concrete results of an intensive process of consultation and coordination between the U.S. Administration and the German government in late 2017. It is therefore not acceptable to repeal this mutual understanding unilaterally.

Way forward:
In conclusion, Germany would like to suggest the following elements as a basis for
closer coordination:
(1) The German government is willing to considerably increase its financial support for LNG infrastructure and import capacities by up to 1 bn. € aiming to secure the completion of LNG terminals in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel.
(2) Germany continues its efforts to support European energy diversification and strengthen energy security with respect to the Ukrainian gas transit agreement and Polish efforts in regard to Baltic Pipe and Jamal gas transit.
(3) Germany is going to further support, through the EU and private funding, necessary investments in energy infrastructure, in line with EU objectives.
(4) In return, the U.S, will allow for the unhindered construction and operation of Nord Stream 2. The already existing legal authorizations for sanctions will not be used. 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.
“ Read more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/germany-tried-to-bribe-bully-the-trump-admin-into-undermining-us-congressional-sanctions-on-nordstream-2-failed-biden-admin-blinken-followed-germanys-suggestion-while/

On June 23, 2021, German Foreign Minister Maas: “Probably we are able to save the world at large, but people would still ask us about Nord Stream 2…https://www.state.gov/secretary-antony-j-blinken-and-german-foreign-minister-heiko-maas-at-a-joint-press-availability/.

Read more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/germany-tried-to-bribe-bully-the-trump-admin-into-undermining-us-congressional-sanctions-on-nordstream-2-failed-biden-admin-blinken-followed-germanys-suggestion-while/

Sanctioning NS2AG, Matthias Warnig, and NS2AG’s Corporate Officers
FEBRUARY 23, 2022
The United States applauds Germany’s decision to take administrative steps to halt the certification process for Nord Stream 2, which will prevent the pipeline from becoming operational.  After consultations with Germany and the EU, I have terminated the waiver and imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG (NS2AG), its CEO Matthias Warnig, and NS2AG’s corporate officers.  This action is in line with the United States’ longstanding opposition to Nord Stream 2 as a Russian geopolitical project and the President’s commitment that Nord Stream 2 would not move forward following the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
I determined on May 19, 2021, in a report to Congress, that NS2AG and Mr. Warnig knowingly facilitated deceptive or structured transactions to provide the pipe-laying vessel Fortuna for the construction of NS2.  I further determined it was in the national interests of the United States to waive sanctions on NS2AG, Mr. Warnig, and NS2AG corporate officers, in order to enable diplomacy with Germany to address the negative impacts of the pipeline, should it become operational.  To this end, on July 21, we joined with Germany to issue the “Joint Statement of the United States and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security, and Our Climate Goals.”  This close diplomatic coordination has continued, including throughout Russia’s military build-up in recent months.  Following Russia’s actions this week, the United States and our European allies implemented strong coordinated sanctions, and Germany announced that it was halting the certification process for Nord Stream 2.  In this context, I have determined those waivers are no longer in the national interest of the United States.
As a result of the termination of the waiver of sanctions, NS2AG and Mr. Warnig are now sanctioned under the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), implemented through Executive Order (E.O) 14039.  Pursuant to PEESA and E.O. 14039, corporate officers of NS2AG are also subject to visa restrictions.  All property and interests in property of those sanctioned that are in or come within the United States or are in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Individuals and entities knowingly engaged in sanctionable conduct related to Nord Stream 2 face similar sanctions risks.
The United States remains steadfast in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  Russia’s flagrant disregard for international law in repeatedly invading Ukraine’s sovereign territory demands a firm response from the international community.  Our actions today are in line with our commitment, in close coordination with our Allies and partners, to impose massive consequences and severe costs on Russia in response to its unlawful and unprovoked actions in Ukraine.  While we remain committed to diplomacy, if Russia continues to escalate its aggression, we are prepared to implement additional unprecedented measures designed to cripple the Russian economy.

NB: The letter and “non-paper” are considered public domain documents, since they were sent to the US government.

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