Denmark Supports A New Discussion On Nord Stream 2
Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen called for the start of a new discussion on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after the situation with Alexey Navalny, the Danish TV and radio Corporation DR reports.
"I was against Nord stream 2 for the whole time. I believe that we should not become dependent on Russian gas. It would be good if we could start a new discussion on this issue, " DR Fredriksen is quoted as saying.
The Danish Energy Agency issued a construction permit for the pipeline in July 2019. To date, most of the project has been completed.
Earlier, several politicians in Germany spoke in favor of stopping the Nord Stream 2 project in connection with the situation around Navalny, and other Western countries also called for sanctions against Russia. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the issues of Nord Stream 2 and the incident with Navalny should be considered separately.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the Nord Stream 2 project is commercial, it is implemented in the interests of energy security of the entire European continent, and the calls of some German parliamentarians to stop it because of the situation with Navalny are emotional statements that are not based on any facts. He noted that the Kremlin does not see the risks of blocking the Nord Stream 2 by Germany, and for every statement calling for stopping the project, there are two statements about the absurdity of such proposals.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he became ill on the plane. According to the results of examinations, Omsk doctors called the primary diagnosis of a metabolic disorder that caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but no poisons were found in Navalny's blood and urine, according to Omsk doctors.
The opposition leader was later flown to Germany. The German government said, referring to military doctors, that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of chemical warfare agents. In this regard, the Kremlin said that Berlin did not inform Moscow of its conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia is waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation.
The German authorities have not previously denied that the German intelligence service BND had access to the Novichok chemical warfare agent since the 1990s. One of the developers of the substance, Leonid rink, previously stated that the data about the alleged poisoning of Navalny with a new type of "Novichok" is nonsense since there were no symptoms of poisoning with this substance.
Even on the day of Navalny's hospitalization, the Prosecutor's office and the police began to conduct their checks. The RF IC earlier sent a statement from Navalny's supporters that the opposition leader was allegedly attacked, for verification to the West Siberian Department. Peskov noted that de facto investigative actions on the situation with Navalny are underway. If the presence of a toxic substance is confirmed, the investigation will be opened de jure.
Since the mid-1990s, about 20 Western countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, have researched organophosphates of the Novichok family, including methods for their production and damaging properties. Following the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 1992, Soviet development in the field of chemical weapons by Russia was stopped. In 2017, the Russian Federation completed the destruction of all existing chemical weapons stockpiles, which was confirmed by the authorized international organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.