The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under the intense pressure to scrap a giant gas pipeline after her statement regarding Navalny poisoning with a variant of Novichok.
Navalny, a Russian opposition leader and Putin’s critic is currently being treated at a hospital in Berlin. Last week the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that he had been poisoned with a variant of Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, that is proved by tests carried out by a German military laboratory.
During a news conference in this regard hold on Wednesday Angela Merkel stated Navalny was the victim of a crime that intended to silence him. That crime went against Europe’s basic values.
According to senior members of Germany’s government Navalny’s case should push Angela Merkel to actions instead of consultations.
Norbert Röttgen, chair of Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee called on Merkel to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, stating in his tweet “After the poisoning of Navalny we need a strong European answer, which Putin understands: The EU should jointly decide to stop Nord Stream 2.” It worth mentioning that Norbert Röttgen is considered a potential successor to Merkel.
The German Green party also supported the idea of refusing of the project and called on the chancellor to halt construction of the pipeline, led by the Russian energy behemoth Gazprom, that is nearly completed and directly accused the Russian government of orchestrating the attack on Navalny.
According to Katrin Göring-Eckardt, co-chair of the Greens in the Bundestag: “This openly attempted murder through the Kremlin’s mafia-like structures should not just worry us but needs to have real consequences.”
The findings regarding Novichok use have received a stern response from the international community. Last week the UK prime minister stated that explanations should be given by the Russian government regarding Navalny’s case, specifying “It’s outrageous that a chemical weapon was used against Alexey Navalny. We have seen first-hand the deadly consequences of Novichok in the UK. The Russian government must now explain what happened to Mr Navalny – we will work with international partners to ensure justice is done.”
The UK prime minister was supported by Theresa May, who occupied the post of prime minister at the time of the Salisbury attack. She stated: “Deeply alarming that Novichok has again been used in an attempt to silence critics of the Russian state.” The EU may impose more sanctions against Moscow in response to Navalny case.