The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Seman, is surprised by the attempts of a number of Western politicians to link the situation around Alexei Navalny with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and he believes that it is in the interests of all parties to explain the incident.
“I think that in this situation (with Navalny) there is something to explain. It is in the interest of all parties, including the Russian Federation, that this incident is thoroughly explained. Otherwise, it will do everyone’s damage,” Mr. Seman said Sunday on CNN’s Prima News.
At the same time, the Czech president expressed surprise at the attempts of politicians of some countries to combine the situation with the Navalny with the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “I don’t see anything in common about this Nord Stream 2 incident. Germany and Russia have agreed on its construction, it is in the interests of both countries,” said Mr. Seman.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the issues of “North Stream 2” and the cases of the Navalny should be considered separately. Nevertheless, there have been calls from a number of politicians in Germany to suspend or complete the Nord Stream 2 project. At the same time, there are more balanced positions. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also noted that the Nord Stream 2 project is commercial, it is implemented in the interests of energy security of the entire European continent, calls of some German parliamentarians to stop it because of the situation with Navalny are emotional statements that are not based on any facts.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s attempts during his recent visit to the Czech Republic to advise local politicians not to cooperate with Russia and China in strategic areas such as nuclear power are nothing more than “audacity.”
I think it’s audacity. I reminded Mr. Pompeo that we (Czech Republic) are a sovereign country and solve such issues as, for example, the participation of firms of certain countries in the tender (for the construction of a new power unit at the nuclear power plant). This tender will be won by the one who makes the best offer,” said Mr. Seman.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he became ill on the plane. According to the results of the examinations, Omsk doctors named the main diagnosis of metabolic disorders, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but poisons in the blood and urine Navalny, according to Omsk medics, was not found.
Later, the oppositionist was transported by plane to Germany. On Wednesday, the German government said, citing military medics, that Navalny allegedly poisoned with a substance from a group of poisonous warfare agents. The Kremlin said in this regard that Berlin had not informed Moscow about its conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia is waiting for a response from Germany to the official request on this situation.
On the day of the hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police began to carry out their checks Navalny. The Russian Embassy in Berlin said that they expect the German side to respond as quickly as possible to the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation on August 27 to provide legal assistance in the case of the Navalny. Russia is interested and wants to clarify the situation, it needs information from Germany, which is not yet available, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president. Investigative actions on the situation with the Navalny de facto go, if the presence of a poisonous substance is confirmed, the investigation will be open and de jure, Peskov said on Friday, answering questions from journalists.
On Friday, the Belarusian state TV channel ONT published an audio recording of a conversation between Berlin and Warsaw about the “poisoning” of the Navalny, allegedly intercepted by intelligence. Named by the representative of Germany on it says that confirmation of “poisoning” is not so important – in the war “all methods are good”. The Russian President’s spokesman said that the FSB will certainly report to Vladimir Putin the conclusions on the record handed over by Minsk about the falsification of allegations of the poisoning of Navalny.