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Navalny poisoning: Chancellor Merkel with internal clear text announcement - consequences for Russia?

2020-09-08T18:03:45.012Z

Escalation in the Navalny case: Even Chancellor Angela Merkel is no longer ruling out a construction freeze on Nord Stream 2. The Putin critic is no longer in an artificial coma.



Escalation in the Navalny case: Even Chancellor Angela Merkel is no longer ruling out a construction freeze on Nord Stream 2.

The Putin critic is no longer in an artificial coma.

  • Chancellor

    Angela Merkel (CDU)

    is

    no longer

    ruling out the

    consequences of the

    Nord Stream 2

    project

    because of the Navalny case

    .

  • Federal Foreign Minister

    Heiko Maas (SPD)

    had previously

    threatened

    consequences for Russia in the project of the

    Baltic Sea pipeline

    .

  • The

    doctors treating

    Andrej Nawalny

    at the

    Berlin Charité

    have

    meanwhile ended

    his

    artificial coma

    .

Update from September 8, 7:50 p.m.:

Details from the parliamentary group meeting of the

CDU / CSU

around Chancellor

Merkel

on the

Navalny

case had

already

leaked.

From this it became clear that Berlin is keeping all possible sanctions open.

Now more details leaked out.

which above all make the Chancellor's view of the events clear.

According to picture information, Merkel called the poisoning of Navalny a

"dismaying process"

.

The Chancellor is also reported to have added that Russia “is not making this type of attack for the first time”.

She is said to have referred to the Skripal case.

Merkel therefore called on her Union colleagues to “not overlook the incident so quickly”.

According to the report, CDU boss

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

agreed

.

She was appalled by the Russian allegations that Germany had poisoned Navalny.

Then AKK is said to have shown determination: On the German side, they are

“very sure”

that they have submitted the right analyzes.

Now Russia, not Germany, has to provide evidence in the case.

"Patient Navalny": Internal Merkel assessment leaked - Kremlin sees "dirty fuss"

Update from September 8, 3:20 p.m.:

Chancellor

Angela Merkel

(CDU) has

left open

a stop on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline in response to the poisoning of Russian government

critic Alexej Navalny

.

"I have not yet made a final judgment," said Merkel on Tuesday, as the

dpa

claims to have learned from several participants in the first meeting of the Union parliamentary group after the summer break in Berlin.

The Chancellor once again called for a European response to the events surrounding Navalny.

It has been proven beyond doubt that he was poisoned - the Chancellor spoke of the

"patient Navalny".

However,

Russia

is now also sending clear diplomatic signals.

Moscow is now waiting for the

German ambassador

to speak.

The

spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Sakharova

, announced on Facebook on Tuesday.

The conversation should take place on Wednesday, it said from the German embassy.

According to Sakharova, the Kremlin expects Germany to present its findings on the case.

She made a drastic statement: "It is time to lay the cards open, because it is clear to everyone: Berlin is bluffing in order to serve dirty political affairs."

In the

 meantime, the

Federal Government is

keeping

all options open

in the

case of

possible sanctions against Russia

in the

Navalny case

- despite warnings from Minister of Economics Altmaier (see previous update).

"We have made it very clear that we are checking the entire instrument kit," said Foreign Office State Minister Michael Roth (SPD) of the

AFP

news

agency

.

He also referred to questions about the controversial

Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline

.

Navalny: The dispute over the German reaction continues - Altmaier warns of "hard but fair"

Update from September 8th, 7:05 am: In

view of the "cowardly assassination attempt" on the

Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, the

German

Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier

doubts

the effectiveness of sanctions against states like

Russia

.

He does not know of any case in which a country like Russia has been induced to change its behavior by sanctions, said the

CDU politician

on Monday evening (September 7th) on the ARD talk show "hard but fair".

This would rather lead to a hardening of politics.

"We also have to clarify the question of what we

want to achieve

with our

sanctions

: Is it just about looking in the mirror, or is it about achieving and creating something positive for human rights?"

Said Altmaier

.

"For Nord Stream 2 we now need at least a construction freeze if there is

no cooperation

from

Russia

," said the

CSU politician

.

“It's about a system that is apparently ready to kill people or, in the

Navalny

case

, to poison them in order to silence them.

As can

Europe

do not stand on the side. "Is needed are clear signals.

Poisoned Navalny awakes from coma - long-term consequences cannot be ruled out

Update from September 7th, 6:55 p.m.:

Alexej Navalny has woken up from the coma.

The dispute over who was responsible for the poisoning of the

Russian opposition member

continues to rage.

CDU interior expert Patrick Sensburg

has now again rejected doubts about the origin of the apparently used poison Novitschok.

According to Sensburg, the German authorities have very precise knowledge of the

substance with which Navalny was poisoned

.

"Of course, the Western services have Novichok samples in order to be able to prove the different forms from this group," said Sensburg on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of the parliamentary control body responsible for the secret services on the case.

He told the

world

that these samples could be obtained through "intelligence services"

.

"That annoyed the Russians very much."

The samples were used to detect the substance, said Sensburg.

The

Bundeswehr

has very precise analysis methods for this.

"You can even partially prove from which production this type of Novitschok comes", he added.

Navalny awakes from coma after poisoning - long-term consequences cannot be ruled out

Update from September 7th, 3:18 p.m

.: Kremlin critic

Andrei

Navalny awoke

from his

coma

after the

poison attack

.

This emerges from a communication from the

Berlin Charité

, where Navalny is currently being treated.

His health has improved and he will be gradually weaned from mechanical ventilation, the university clinic said on Monday.

He responded to the speech that

long-term consequences of

the severe poisoning could still not be ruled out.

1/2 🇬🇧 The condition of Alexei #Navalny has improved.

The patient has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation.

He is responding to verbal stimuli.

- Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (@ChariteBerlin) September 7, 2020

Russia continues to deny being involved in the case of the 44-year-old opposition member

(see original report)

.

Kremlin spokesman

Dmitri Peskov

spoke again on Monday of

"absurd attempts"

to link the Russian government with it.

The Russian General Prosecutor's Office had applied for

legal assistance

in Germany.

The German Foreign Minister

Heiko Maas (SPD)

said

on the

ARD

that the German side would agree to this.

According to Peskow, Moscow also sees no reason why Berlin should not cooperate in the case.

Poisoned Navalny: Merkel and Maas threaten Putin - "I don't hope the Russians force us ..."

Original message from September 7th

: Berlin - After the

poison attack

on the Kremlin critic

Alexej Navalny *,

various members of the political establishment are calling for

the

construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 * to be stopped or suspended

as a consequence for Russian President

Vladimir Putin

.

Chancellor

Angela Merkel (CDU) *

has now

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.

The

Chancellor *

was of the opinion that "it would be wrong to exclude something".

You have not yet

spoken

to Putin about the

Navalny * case

, Seibert said, according to

focus.de

.

The

Nord Stream 2

pipeline

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

to change

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

Moscow will

declare

itself

on the

Navalny case

.

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.

https://t.co/OJrGJMH0U3

- 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

federal government

had a special laboratory of the Armed Forces informed by studies that they as it

undoubtedly

look proven that Navalny with the military

neurotoxin Novichok

had been poisoned.

As far as the stand of Nord Stream 2 is concerned,

tens of thousands of

concrete-coated

pipe sections

are already lying

on the floor of the Baltic Sea, each weighing a good

24 tons

.

Welded together, they form the two strands of the gas pipeline, which is around

1,230 kilometers in

length

.

Most of the route runs parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

+

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is currently in consultation with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) about the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline about the poison attack on Putin critic Alexej Nawalny.

© 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

St. Petersburg

, the destination is Lubmin not far from

Greifswald

.

The huge double tube is not yet finished - resistance from the

USA has

delayed its completion so far.

The administration under

US President Donald Trump *

imposed

sanctions in

late 2019

to prevent completion of the pipeline.

In mid-July, the US government threatened further sanctions.

The US argue that Germany and Europe would become

energy-dependent

on Moscow.

Critics accuse the USA of only

wanting to

export

its own

liquefied gas

at the highest possible prices

.

At a higher level, Europe's concern about being too

dependent

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.

This could

two Nord Stream

but contrary, the

EU Commission

is therefore against the building.

(frs with material from AFP)

* Merkur.de belongs to the Ippen digital editorial network.

List of rubric lists: © Pavel Golovkin / dpa

Source: merkur

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