The poison attack on Alexei Navalny sparked a discussion about stopping the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline. Now, with Friedrich Merz, a prominent CDU politician is behind this demand.
After the poison attack on Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny, CDU politician Friedrich Merz called for a two-year freeze on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. Despite “some concern,” the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” quoted the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” Friday from a report from Merz that he considered the pipeline construction, which is about to be completed, to be correct. A “clear and unambiguous answer is now necessary”.
Merz referred to the “renewed use of the neurotoxin Novitschok, the production of which is also prohibited by Russia under international law” and the renewed attempted murder of an opposition politician in Russia with this poison. The European Union (EU) must “stop building construction for the next two years with immediate effect”. During this time, Europe must work to “gradually reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas”. Merz is one of three candidates for the presidency of the CDU.
Merkel spoke of “attempted poisoning”
The German government announced on Wednesday that Navalny had “without a doubt” been poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. The well-known critic of the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin was flown from Russia to Berlin on August 22 with symptoms of poisoning, where he has since been treated at the Charité. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) condemned the “attempted poisoning” and announced that an “appropriate” response would be agreed with the EU and NATO.
The poison attack had also sparked a debate in this country about stopping work on the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline as a possible sanction against Russia. While the Greens were clearly opposed to a continuation of the project, top politicians from the SPD and CDU demanded that the pipeline be held.
The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet (CDU), spoke out in favor of separating the Navalny case from the energy supply of Germany and Europe. SPD group leader Rolf Mützenich said that a debate on the pipeline alone would not bring a clear conscience into energy policy for Germany. “We don’t have a clean slate when it comes to energy policy. If you take Libya, Saudi Arabia.” Critics of Nord Stream 2 should also address these issues, Mützenich said.