Sep 16, 2020
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The Kremlin responded to the words of the head of the European Commission about the fate of Nord Stream in view of the Navalny case

The Kremlin considers it necessary to stop mentioning Nord Stream 2 in the context of any politicization: this is a commercial project, it is beneficial for both Russia and the European Union, and first of all Germany. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.

Earlier, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that any resolution of the situation with the Nord Stream 2 project would not change Russia's behavior model in the international arena. Speaking about this model, the politician mentioned the poisoning by Novichok of Navalny and Skripals.

We strongly disagree with this statement. First, what happened to the Berlin patient needs clarification, needs investigation and clarification. To move forward in this investigation and clarify the circumstances and reasons, cooperation with Germany is essential first and foremost. Russia is seeking this cooperation, but has not yet met reciprocity, - said Peskov, to journalists.

Berlin's position is that Navalny himself did not give permission to transfer his analyzes to Moscow. The Russian oppositionist has been undergoing treatment in a Berlin clinic since August 22. Bundeswehr toxicologists have established that he was poisoned in Siberia by a nerve agent from the Novichok group. The Kremlin requires the German authorities to provide the data that served as the basis for such conclusions, since, as it is stated, when Navalny was treated in Russia, no traces of poisons were found in his body.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two pipelines from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Its cost is estimated at € 9.5 billion, and half of this amount is accounted for by Western enterprises: Wintershall and Uniper from Germany, French Engie, Dutch-British Shell, Austrian oil company OMV.

Work at the facility is more than 90% complete and has stalled due to the threat of US sanctions against companies involved in the construction. Now the fate of the project was also called into question because of the situation with Alexei Navalny. Thus, the head of the European Union's foreign policy service, Josep Borrell, said that the EU is working on sanctions, which they plan to name after the Russian oppositionist. At the same time, earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on the need to "separate politics and business" and said that Nord Stream 2 should be completed, wrote.

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