US President Donald Trump said he would support the halt of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline due to the situation with Alexei Navalny.
“Of course. I supported this. I am the first one who proposed it,” the head of state told reporters, answering a relevant question.
However, he doubted that Berlin would take such measures.
“Germany is in a weakened position. They are closing their power plants, closing nuclear, coal – a lot of power plants. To be honest, they are putting themselves in a very disadvantageous position,” Trump explained.
Discussions around the future of Nord Stream 2 resumed with renewed vigor after Berlin, citing military doctors, said that Navalny had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of chemical warfare agents.
The American leader said on Saturday that he had no evidence of Russia’s involvement in the “poisoning” of Navalny, but if confirmed, he would be “very angry.” The President added that he had no reason to doubt the conclusions of German experts about what had happened, but the United States had not yet seen them.
A number of German politicians spoke in favor of stopping the construction of the gas pipeline, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that these two issues should be considered separately.
The US, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas in the EU, has long actively opposed the project. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the project, requiring the companies involved in the construction to immediately stop construction.
Russian Permanent Representative in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov drew attention to the coincidence of events around Alexei Navalny and the final stage of construction of Nord Stream-2. On the air of radio Sputnik, the general director of the Center for Political Information Alexei Mukhin expressed his view of the situation.
After Germany announced the poisoning of Navalny, Moscow sent an official request to Berlin. Based on the results of examinations in Russia, doctors diagnosed the patient with metabolic disorders, which caused a sharp drop in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but experts did not find poisons in the patient’s blood and urine.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that de facto investigative actions on the situation with Navalny are underway, if the presence of a poisonous substance is confirmed, they will open an official investigation.
On Monday, the Berlin clinic Charite, where the Russian was transported for treatment, reported that Navalny’s condition improved, he was taken out of a coma.