MOSCOW, February 7 – RIA Novosti. German Economy Minister Peter Altmeier urged not to link the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with the situation around Alexei Navalny. He stated this in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
The minister warned that if the pipeline is not completed, Germany will lose large investments. He stressed that the situation with Navalny has nothing to do with the implementation of Nord Stream 2.
“One issue is economic relations and economic projects implemented by companies for decades, the other is serious violations of human rights and our response to this,” explained Altmeier.
In addition, he noted that even if the project is not completed, Russia will not sell less gas. He recalled that there is the first stage of the Nord Stream and transit through Ukraine.
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow replaced Alexei Navalny with a suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case for three and a half years in a general regime colony. The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said that Navalny violated the conditions of the probationary period, being conditionally sentenced.
Shortly thereafter, the US, Germany, France and the UK called on Moscow to release Navalny. In response, the Foreign Ministry advised foreign politicians to respect international law and deal with the problems of their countries, noting that their statements on this topic are “like a blueprint.” The Kremlin said it did not intend to listen to statements from abroad about Navalny.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries.