On Monday, US President Donald Trump said that in the wake of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny he will support Germany in ceasing Nord Stream 2 project; however, Trump mentioned that Germany may be too “weakened,” since the country is already too dependent on Russian energy supplies.
“They are closing all their plants, they are closing their nuclear, they are closing their coal, they are closing a lot of plants. And they have put themselves in a very bad position, frankly, very very bad position,” Trump said.
Talking about NATO membership, he said the Alliance exists to supposedly protect Europe from Russia, but Germany paid large funds to the country at a time when it is “delinquent” with its annual obligations to the Alliance.
The Nord Stream 2, which is 1,200 kilometers long, is supposed to double the current annual 55 billion cubic meter gas capacity of the Nord Stream pipeline. Countries along the construction route, including Germany, Finland and Sweden, have already granted permits, and Denmark, which initially opposed to the project, agreed on construction in its territorial waters at the end of the last year.
Calls to scrap the project rose again after Alexei Navalny, the main opposition figure to Vladimir Putin, momentarily felt sick in Tomsk airport, in Russia, on Aug. 20. His relatives supposed that he was poisoned and deliberately kept in Omsk to hide any signs of poisoning. Due to the assistance of the civil society, Navalny was transported to Charite hospital in Germany.
German medics detected that “a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group” - linked to other Russian attacks - was used to poison opposition leader.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented for weekly newspaper Bild: “I hope the Russians won’t force us to change our position regarding the Nord Stream 2. If there won’t be any contributions from the Russian side regarding the investigation in the coming days, we will have to consult with our partners.”
Russian authorities did not give any explanations and denied any involvement in the case. Navalny was brought out of a medically induced coma and taken off his ventilator on Monday, but his future is uncertain.
On Saturday, Trump said there is “no proof” Navalny was poisoned, despite a statement to the contrary from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who previously commented on the issue, Anadolu Agency pointed.
“The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksei Navalny was poisoned,” Pompeo said. “If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort.”
After London concluded Novichok was used in a 2018 attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, Donald Trump similarly downplayed any responsibility or consequences for Russia over the poisoning.