Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that “poisoning” of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny and construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline should not be tied up.
As “European Truth” reports, the Austrian politician expressed his opinion during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in Vienna.
“Of course, the attempt on Mr. Navalny’s life cannot pass without comments. European society will react and discuss it. But I personally, I emphasize, do not see any connection between the “Nord Stream – 2″ and Navalny’s poisoning”, – authoritatively speaking the Austrian president.
However, in his opinion, “Nord Stream – 2” is a commercial project, which still has a political aspect. Van der Bellen also reminded that Gazprom was a reliable supplier and had been supplying gas to Austria for over half a century.
“We understand the sensitivity of this issue, but it is a commercial issue between partners who have been working together for decades. And this type of issue is solved in Europe, not in Washington,” the Austrian President said.
He also added that the Navalny case has not yet been fully investigated, so we should not draw premature conclusions.
It should be noted that these statements Mr. van der Bellen deliberately made in the presence of the Ukrainian president, who clearly expected that Vienna at least out of courtesy will take a less unequivocal position.
As TP reported today, on September 15 Vladimir Zelensky arrived to Austria with an official visit. This is his first foreign visit since the announcement of quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.