Germany Has Named A Condition For Sanctions Against Russia In The Navalny Case
Russia will not be able to avoid sanctions if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirms the version about the poisoning of the founder of the FBK Alexey Navalny with a military poison from the Novichok group, according to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in an interview with t-online.
"Germany has referred the case to the responsible international organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) for investigation. If the result of the German, Swedish, and French laboratories is confirmed, there will be a clear response from the EU...I am convinced that there is no escape from sanctions," he said.
According to the Minister, such a serious violation of the International chemical weapons Convention cannot go unanswered, and sanctions must always be targeted and proportionate.
When asked by a journalist whether Germany could block the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because of the situation with Navalny, Maas urged not to rush to conclusions. About 100 European companies are involved in the project, half of which are German, and many German workers will suffer because of the project shutdown, he explained.
Navalny's condition worsened on August 20, when he was flying from Tomsk to Moscow. The founder of FBK lost consciousness and, after an emergency landing of the plane, was hospitalized in Omsk hospital No. 1. There he fell into a coma. Doctors gave him a preliminary diagnosis — a metabolic disorder. They didn't find any traces of poisoning in his tests.