Escalation in the Navalny case: Even Chancellor Angela Merkel is no longer ruling out a construction freeze on Nord Stream 2.
Is Russian President Putin now bowing to the pressure?
Angela Merkel (CDU)
ruling out the
consequences of the
Nord Stream 2
because of the Navalny case
Federal Foreign Minister
Heiko Maas (SPD)
consequences for Russia in the project of the
Baltic Sea pipeline
Alexej Navalny was
Berlin - After the
on the Kremlin critic
Alexej Navalny *,
various members of the political establishment are calling for
the construction freeze or suspension of the construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline
Nord Stream 2
as a consequence for Russian President
Angela Merkel (CDU) *
considered stopping the project for the first time.
Merkel "joined" the corresponding statements made by
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) over
the weekend, government
spokesman Steffen Seibert
told journalists in Berlin.
was of the opinion that "it would be wrong to exclude something".
You have not yet
to Putin about the
Navalny * case
, Seibert said, according to
Nord Stream 2
is being built through the Baltic Sea and is intended to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.
Maas had hinted: "I do not hope that the Russians will force us
our stance on
Nord Stream 2.
" Merkel is working with Maas "on this important issue", said Seibert.
The federal government has the "clear expectation" that
Russia denies being involved in the poisoning of the opposition party.
If there are no contributions on the Russian side to investigate the attack on Mr #Nawalny in the next few days, we will have to discuss an answer with our partners.
The attack is a serious violation of international law.
- Heiko Maas 🇪🇺 (@HeikoMaas) September 6, 2020
Navalny case: Chancellor Angela Merkel describes Russian opposition activists as "victims of a crime"
“Alexei Navalny is the
victim of a crime
He should be silenced, and I condemn that too on behalf of the entire federal government to the strongest possible terms, "Merkel declared. The
had a special laboratory of the Armed Forces informed by studies that they as it
look proven that Navalny with the military
had been poisoned.
As far as the stand of Nord Stream 2 is concerned,
tens of thousands of
are already lying
on the floor of the Baltic Sea, each weighing a good
Welded together, they form the two strands of the gas pipeline, which is around
1,230 kilometers in
Most of the route runs parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU)
© Michael Sohn / AP-Pool / dpa
Nord Stream 2: Trump administration wants to prevent construction - critics accuse USA of export interests
The starting point is the Russian Baltic coast west of
, the destination is Lubmin not far from
The huge double tube is not yet finished - resistance from the
delayed its completion so far.
The administration under
US President Donald Trump *
to prevent completion of the pipeline.
In mid-July, the US government threatened further sanctions.
The US argue that Germany and Europe would become
Critics accuse the USA of only
at the highest possible prices
At a higher level, Europe's concern about being too
on Russian natural gas also plays a role.
The country currently covers almost
a third of
the EU's needs.
The EU wants to reduce its dependence.
two Nord Stream
but contrary, the
is therefore against the building.
(frs with material from AFP)
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List of rubric lists: © Michael Sohn / AP-Pool / dpa