Paris called on Berlin to refuse to cooperate with Moscow on Nord Stream-2 in order to respond to the Kremlin’s case related to the arrest of Alexei Navalny who returned from Germany. Thus, France has changed its position on the Russian pipeline – previously it had not spoken out against the construction of NSP2.
French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Bont said in an interview with France Inter that the European Union is discussing the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Russia, and the measures applied to the Russian gas pipeline are in the general framework of this policy.
We have always said we have great doubts about this project,” he said.
– Bohn noted.
The French refused to support Nord Stream 2 back in February 2019, when clarifications to the European Union Gas Directive were adopted, prohibiting the Russian corporation Gazprom to fully control the gas flows from Russia to Europe and launch the transportation of “blue fuel” at full capacity, which could amount to 55 billion cubic meters annually.
On January 21, the European Parliament adopted a resolution stating that the construction of the facility should be halted. The document, calling on EU heads to impose new sanctions against Russia for the poisoning and subsequent arrest of Alexei Navalny, was supported by 80 percent of MEPs.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert stressed that Germany “will take note of the resolution,” but Berlin does not link what is happening around Navalny and the situation around Nord Stream-2. Angela Merkel believes that this is a purely “economic project,” and her position has not changed.