US President Donald Trump supported the refusal to implement the Nord Stream 2 project due to the situation with the Russian blogger Alexei Navalny.
At a press conference on September 7, when asked if he agreed with the idea of abandoning the pipeline project in response to what happened to Navalny, Trump said: “Of course, yes.”
He stressed that he had been in favor of abandoning the gas pipeline project from the beginning of his presidency, as “the United States is protecting Germany from Russia.”
“I was the first to bring this up,” the American leader said.
However, at the same time, the US President expressed doubts that Germany is ready to abandon Nord Stream 2. Berlin, he said, is in an unstable position.
Earlier, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel admits the imposition of sanctions against the project due to the situation around the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny.
“The Chancellor is of the opinion that nothing can be ruled out from the outset,” Seibert said.
Before the German authorities, citing data from a military laboratory, reported on the discovery of traces of poison from the Novichok group in the politician’s body, Merkel urged not to link the situation with Navalny and the construction of the gas pipeline. The Kremlin, for its part, declares that it sees no reason to accuse the Russian state of the incident with Navalny.