Merkel has not ruled out rejecting the pipeline over Navalny

In a sign of growing frustration over Berlin's stoning over Moscow's stoning over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office indicated on Monday that it would reconsider the fate of the German-Russian gas pipeline project. Are willing to

Merkel has not ruled out rejecting the pipeline over Navalny

Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown’ to Germany on August 22, two days after falling ill on a domestic flight to Russia. German chemical weapons experts say tests show that Navalny was poisoned’ with a Soviet-era nerve agent, which last week called on the German government to investigate the matter.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss said in an interview on Sunday that the Russian response could determine whether Germany replaces long-standing support for the Nord stream 2 pipeline.

"The chancellor also thinks it's wrong to dismiss anything," Moss spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters after being asked about Moss's comments. Earlier, Merkel called for "doping" the Navalny case over the pipeline project, which the US president strongly opposes.

In early August, three Republican senators threatened sanctions against the operator of the Baltic Sea port in Merkel's parliamentary constituency over the role of the staging post of ships involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2.

Germany announced that samples taken from Navalny showed clear evidence that he had been poisoned by a substance from the Novichok group. Seibert warned that it was too early to expect Moscow to respond in a few days, but said Berlin wanted an answer soon.

"I can't express a clear, limited time expectation, except that we're not talking about months or the end of the year," he said.

Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating, "Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia's intelligence have been made more than once.


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