GERMANY PRESSED TO RETHINK NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE AFTER NAVALNY POISONING


04/09/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Many pressured German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday to rethink the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will take gas from Russia to Germany.

German Chancellor said on Wednesday that Kremlin critic Navalny, who received treatment in a Berlin hospital, was the victim of a murder attempt using a Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok.  While Russia has denied involvement and said the West should not leap to hasty conclusions, many western countries have condemned the attack. Also, many German politicians want a tough response.

“We must pursue hard politics, we must respond with the only language (Russian President Vladimir) Putin understands - that is gas sales,” Norbert Roettgen, the conservative head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said on Thursday.

Also, he had said completion of Nord Stream 2 “would be the maximum confirmation and encouragement for Putin to continue this kind of politics”.

It could be hard to cease the ongoing project since the project is more than 90% completed and scheduled to operate from early 2021.

Some members of the EU disapproved the project arguing that it will undermine the traditional gas transit state. The United States not only opposes the pipeline, but also targeted some companies involved with sanctions.

It is still unclear that whether Merkel will bow to pressure or not. However, Merkel said on Thursday that Russia’s behavior will affect the Germany’s response.

Many politicians in Merkel’s pro-business conservative party want it to be finished. Furthermore, prominent security analysts are making the case for a tough stance.

The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and a former ambassador to Washington Wolfgang Ischinger opposed the project and said  “If we want to send a clear message to Moscow with our partners, then economic relations must be on the agenda and that means the Nord Stream 2 project must not be left out.”


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