Bundestag MP calls for the abandonment of Nord Stream 2 due to murder in Berlin
Alexander Lamsdorf says killing is a serious attack on German sovereignty
Alexander Lamsdorf, deputy chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction in the German Bundestag, said that the German government should refuse to support the Nord Stream-2 project in the light of the conclusions of the Prosecutor General’s Office on the murder of a Georgian citizen in Berlin.
“I think this murder here in Berlin, in the center of our capital, a couple of hundred meters from government buildings, is such a serious attack on German sovereignty that we should think three times before laying the money pipeline to Moscow to in order to receive gas from Russia. There are other suppliers from which it is possible to receive the gas, “the parliamentarian said in an interview published on Friday with the Bild newspaper.
Lamsdorff called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, together with European partners, to consider a common response to what happened in Berlin. “Of course, for the Chancellor, it’s hard now to attract other Europeans to his side when at the same time the implementation of Nord Stream 2 is completed,” he said.
Earlier, Merkel said that the German government reserves the right to take new measures against Russia in connection with the conclusions of the Prosecutor General’s Office in the case of the murder of a Georgian citizen in Berlin, but intends to wait for a court decision in the case. “We always focus on specific issues,” she said, answering the question of whether sanctions against Russia could be tightened in the light of the conclusions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Conclusions of the Prosecutor General of Germany
A 40-year-old Georgian citizen was killed on August 23, 2019, on the same day the Berlin prosecutor’s office announced the detention of the suspect. According to her, they turned out to be a 49-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation. He has been in jail since August 24.
On Thursday, the German Prosecutor General’s Office indicted the detained Vadim K. According to the German side, he is a citizen of the Russian Federation, he is suspected of murder and violation of the law on arms trafficking. The investigation proceeds from the fact that “at an unknown moment, the state bodies of the central government of the Russian Federation instructed the accused to liquidate the Georgian citizen.” The prosecutor’s office recalled that the victim participated in the hostilities against federal forces in Chechnya from 2000 to 2004 and was considered a terrorist in Russia.
Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev said that the allegations of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Federal Republic of Germany are baseless. According to him, these statements are not supported by “any facts and evidence.”
The Russian side has repeatedly rejected allegations that the Russian Federation allegedly relates to what happened in Berlin. Despite this, on December 4, the German Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the country due to insufficient, in the opinion of the German side, cooperation of the Russian authorities in this matter. Moscow responded symmetrically.