The President Of Austria Is Against Blocking Nord Stream 2 Because Of The Situation With Navalny
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that he sees no connection between the commercial project Nord Stream 2 and the situation around Alexey Navalny.
"I personally do not see any connection between the situation around Navalny and the Nord Stream 2 project. For me, this is a commercial project," the Austrian President said, answering the question whether Austria would support closing the project because of the situation with Navalny.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the issues of Nord Stream 2 and the incident with Alexey Navalny should be considered separately. However, a number of politicians in Germany have called for the suspension or complete completion of the Nord Stream 2 project. At the same time, there are more balanced positions.
Van der Bellen emphasized that Austria has been buying gas from Gazprom for more than 50 years, with which the Austrian side has only good experience of cooperation. He also welcomed the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit.
According to him, the question of the future of the gas pipeline should be decided at the political and economic level in Europe, and not in the United States. "This [Nord stream 2] is a commercial issue between partners who have been cooperating for many decades. In conclusion, I want to add that this economic and political issue [around Nord stream 2] should be resolved in Europe, not in Washington," Van der Bellen said, speaking about the situation around the gas pipeline.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky arrived in Vienna on September 15. He is holding talks with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and the first President of the National Council of Austria (lower house of Parliament) By Wolfgang Sobotka.