Germany raises strain on Russia in Navalny case

Berlin, September 6

Germany on Sunday raised strain on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, warning that lack of help by Moscow within the investigation may “force” Germany to rethink the destiny of a German-Russian fuel pipeline mission.

“I hope the Russians won’t force us to change our position regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed a weekly.

Don’t drive us to alter stance’

I hope the Russians gained’t drive us to alter our place relating to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being constructed underneath the Baltic Sea. —Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister

Maas additionally mentioned, “If there won’t be any contributions from the Russian side regarding the investigation in the coming days, we will have to consult our partners.” He didn’t exclude potential punishments in opposition to Russia, telling the weekly that “if we think about sanctions, they should be pinpointed effectively”. However, Maas additionally admitted that halting the constructing of the almost accomplished fuel pipeline would hurt German and European firms.

France: Russia has explaining to do

Paris: French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday slammed the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and mentioned Russia should present explanations.”It is a critical state of affairs. This is yet another Russian opponent who’s poisoned on Russian soil with a Russian army product,” he mentioned. —Reuters

“Whoever demands this has to be aware of the consequences,” he mentioned. “More than 100 companies from 12 European countries are involved (in the construction), about half of them from Germany.” The German Government has come underneath rising strain to make use of the joint German-Russian pipeline mission as leverage in getting Russia to supply solutions on Navalny.

The Nord Stream 2 mission would ship Russian fuel on to Germany underneath the Baltic Sea when accomplished, bypassing Ukraine.

Navalny, a Kremlin critic and corruption investigator, fell unwell on a flight to Moscow final month and was taken to a hospital within the Siberian metropolis of Omsk.

Russia had mentioned on Thursday that the West shouldn’t rush to guage it over the poisoning of Navalny and that there have been no grounds to accuse it of the crime. — Reuters

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