Opposition German Free Democratic Party (FDP) called “to put pressure on Russia” because of the situation with Alexey Navalny, to impose sanctions against those against whom he “investigated” and to consider a moratorium on the implementation of “Nord Stream 2” until the circumstances of the blogger’s case are clarified, said FDP deputy Renata Alt.
“We must put pressure on Russia. We call on Foreign Minister (Haiko) Maas to confront Russia at all diplomatic levels and all international organizations in the Navalny case. The Nord Stream 2 project… We call for a moratorium on its continuation until the situation with Navalny is clarified. Under the current circumstances it is impossible to continue it,” said Alt, speaking during the “Actual Hour” in the Bundestag, which was broadcast on the website of the German parliament.
In addition, the FDP demands the imposition of sanctions against “those against whom Alexei was investigating, namely, against the corrupt elites of Russia. “We must deny them entry to the EU and freeze their accounts,” the MP said.
“Current hour” on the topic “Position of the Federal Government of Germany on the case of Navalny” was held in the Bundestag on Friday at the request of the faction “Soyuz-90/Zelyony”.
Earlier a number of politicians in Germany spoke in favor of stopping the project “Nord Stream 2” because of the situation around Navalny, and sanctions against Russia were also called for in other Western countries. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Nord Stream 2 issues and the incident with Navalny should be considered separately.
. The press-secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov also noted that the project “Nord Stream 2” is commercial, it is implemented in the interests of energy security of the whole European continent, calls of some German parliamentarians to stop it because of the situation with Navalny are emotional statements that are not based on some facts. He noted that the Kremlin does not see any risks of blocking Nord Stream 2 by Germany, and for every statement calling to stop the project now there are two statements about the absurdity of such proposals.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he got sick on the plane. According to the results of examinations, Omsk doctors called a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar, the main diagnosis. It is still unclear what caused it, but according to Omsk doctors’ data, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later, the blogger was airlifted to Germany. The German government claimed, citing the military doctors, that Navalny had allegedly been poisoned with a substance from the group of poisonous warfare agents called Novichok. In this connection, the Kremlin said that Berlin had not informed Moscow about its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official inquiry on the situation.
The German authorities had not previously denied that the German intelligence agency BND had access to the Novichok poisoning agent since the 1990s. The rink had previously stated that the data on the alleged poisoning of Navalny with a new type of “Novichok” was nonsense, as there were no symptoms of poisoning with this substance.
Even on the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police started their inspections. The Russian Investigative Committee had previously sent a statement from Navalny supporters that he had allegedly been attacked to the Western Siberian Department for inspection. Peskov noted that the de facto investigation into the situation with Navalny was underway, if the presence of the poisonous substance was confirmed, the investigation would be opened and de jure.
Since the mid-1990s, studies of organophosphorus substances of the “Beginner” family, including methods of their production and striking properties, have been conducted by about 20 Western countries, including the UK, USA, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Under the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 1992, the Soviet developments in the field of chemical weapons were stopped by Russia. In 2017 the Russian Federation completed the destruction of all available chemical weapons stockpiles, which was confirmed by the authorized international structure – Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.