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Merkel Open to Action Against Nord Stream

Public Policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the door to taking action against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as Germany and its allies mull a response to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

Merkel’s rethinking of her sustained support for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline underscores the escalating tensions with President Vladimir Putin’s government after German military specialists determined last week that Navalny had been poisoned by novichok, a Russian-developed nerve agent. The Kremlin critic began waking from a coma in a hospital in Berlin.

The German leader lent her support to statements from Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who over the weekend warned that Berlin could change its backing for the project, Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Monday. It’s “too early” to determine what the consequences of the chemical attack would be, he added.

“The chancellor also holds the view that it’s wrong to rule something out from the start,” Seibert said at a regular government news conference in Berlin. That marks a shift for Merkel, who said on Aug. 28 that Nord Stream should be completed and remain a separate issue from Navalny.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement. Earlier, he said that the Kremlin sees no risk that Germany will block Nord Stream. The two leaders haven’t yet spoken about the Navalny case, according to Seibert.

“Any attempts to associate Russia or the Russian leadership with what happened are unacceptable for us, they are absurd,” Peskov said on a conference call. He repeated that the Kremlin is waiting for information about the poisoning from German authorities.

Meanwhile, German doctors said Navalny’s condition is improving 18 days after collapsing on a flight to Moscow. He is “responding to verbal stimuli,” Berlin’s Charite hospital said Monday in a Tweet.

“The patient has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation,” the hospital said, adding that longer-term effects from the “severe poisoning” can’t be ruled out.

1/2 The condition of Alexei #Navalny has improved. The patient has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation. He is responding to verbal stimuli.

— Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (@ChariteBerlin) September 7, 2020

The ruble fell 1% versus the dollar on Monday, the biggest decline among emerging market peers. Shares of Russia’s Gazprom PJSC — which leads the project — also extended losses, dropping as much as 2%.

In Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak vowed that the pipeline will be completed despite difficulties, according to Interfax. He said the gas transit is necessary for Europe, even amid a drop in demand.

It remains unclear whether Merkel will indeed pull the plug on the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.2 billion) venture, which is close to completion. Even as her chief spokesman confirmed the shift, he offered a standard defense of the pipeline, saying that gas deliveries from the Baltic Sea conduit have been supported by the EU — and that Nord Stream is only one of several channels for Russian gas, including the Black Sea pipeline TurkStream.

Seibert also noted that gas is considered one of the key energy sources to bridge Germany’s power needs while it phases out coal and nuclear and ramps up renewables.

 

“The risks are very real,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a research group that advises the Kremlin. “It’s clear that Moscow’s behavior won’t change” despite Merkel’s calls for a reaction in the case, he said, adding that “nobody is going to say, sorry, we poisoned Navalny, we won’t do it again.”

Internal Tension

Despite the changed tone in the public debate, coalition officials have signaled that there is still little appetite to abandon the project. Critics within Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc have called for measures that fall short of abandoning the pipeline, including a moratorium on construction or halting gas flows once it’s completed.

The discussions are even more fraught within Merkel’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, which have been steadfast in seeking stable ties with Russia. The SPD’s caucus leader, Rolf Muetzenich, said Sunday that invoking specific measures against Moscow “doesn’t help us” — comments that appeared to rebut Maas, an SPD member.

Merkel last week issued an uncharacteristically sharp rebuke of the Kremlin over the novichok finding and pledged a coordinated response among NATO and EU members.

The political tension caused by Navalny’s poisoning “has led to a very serious discussion in Germany and the EU about problems of our economic cooperation with Russia, including a new critical discussion over the Nord Stream project,” said Michael Harms, head of the German Eastern Business Association. “We need to do everything together to ensure that this trust is not undermined and that it is restored as much as possible”

RIGZONE



62 Comments on "Merkel Open to Action Against Nord Stream"

  1. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 9:31 am 

    Putin was behind Navalny’s assassination attempt.

  2. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 9:42 am 

    Allow fracking.

  3. bochen777 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 9:49 am 

    USA framing Russia to stop Nord just like CIA released Covid in Wuhan.

  4. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 9:54 am 

    OH, fuck you Bochen. You are JuanP too. I hate you even more because I am the most love JuanP personality.

  5. bochen777 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 10:17 am 

    America has gone full rogue, false flag, framing, planting evidence, wmd hoax, 911 inside job, mininuking Beruit, color revolutions everywhere…

    Genocide
    Slavery

    And now they want to nuke all of China

  6. no-life, no problem on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 10:25 am 

    China is the real threat- expanding its territory worldwide. To defeat China, all of it Navy should be sunk to the bottom of the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean. Its army should be shot by India’s Army along the Indian-Chinese border. Weapons should be given to the Uyghurs and Tibetans to wipe out the remnants of China.

  7. no-life, no problem on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 10:27 am 

    All pictures of Mao Zedong should be taken down and all of China’s borders should be sealed shut to prevent anyone to enter or exit.

  8. no-life, no problem on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 10:31 am 

    To rebuild China, the Chinese should surrender to the US and receive help rebuilding its once-overpopulated country.

  9. bochen777 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:01 am 

    Ameeikkka should adopt the Chinese goverment model that has proven to be so successful before the USA self implodes on itself…

    It may be already too late…

  10. REAL Green on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:20 am 

    Bo Chen and Rik,

    Please don’t keep sayin bad things about are country any more. Yer makin widdle Davy go even more crazier.

  11. HaveANiceDaySir on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:47 am 

    Him StarvingLion. Nice summary. I don’t have much to say today.

    But you did mentioned that oil would go to 0$ since I started reading you. Interesting times.

    Have a nice day sir.

  12. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:49 am 

    All countries need more jobs and now. Ban unions. Make people work 6 days a week/12 hours a day with only one day to rest.

  13. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:50 am 

    I don’t have much to say anymore. I’m very exhausted.

  14. bochen777 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:52 am 

    Rik, give me a bj

  15. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 11:52 am 

    I’m keeping my mouth shut.

  16. bochen777 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 12:33 pm 

    “I watched an interview with her. She is attractive, animated and absurd. She stated that she never had children; yet was a “Mother to her husband’s children.” And she “loved being a Mother.” She said the children called her “Momela”. Anyway, she led her audience to believe that she mothered these kids. I looked her up. She married her husband when the son was in his 3rd year of college and the daughter was in 10th grade and they actually lived with their biological Mother, except for normal visits with their father—so much for Motherhood . Right after hearing that, I discovered she was an opportunistic liar.

    I do remember Kamala Harris. I had just been elected to the State Assembly in 1994 and, at that time, the ultimate “power broker” that controlled every aspect of California’s state government was the Speaker of the House, Willie Brown. He ran Sacramento like it was his own personal fiefdom and handed out jobs to loyalists and fired people who were disloyal. He broke every ethical law in the book, but was never held to account by anyone. He was married, but openly had mistresses which he showed off by bringing them to public events.

    At the time I arrived in Sacramento, Willie was seeing a young girl who was in her late 20’s. He was in his 60’s. She was his mistress and he showered her with gifts and appointed her to a number of State government jobs. Her name was Kamala Harris. Willie launched her political career because she was having sex with him. The idea that she is an “independent” woman who worked her way up the political ladder because she worked hard is baloney. It is common knowledge in California that Kamala slept her way into powerful political jobs.

    And now she is running for VP with a man who will be unable to govern due to his lack of mental clarity. In essence, she will function as the President of the United States should the Biden/Harris ticket prevail this November. Her views on guns, taxes, immigration, energy, etc. are far to the left of the average America , but you watch the media ignore these positions.

    For example, she believes illegal aliens are eligible to ALL government services, including education, welfare benefits, health care, you name it. In other words, she does NOT believe there is a difference between a citizen and a non-citizen. That view alone will cost us billions of dollars if acted upon. Her view of the constitution is frankly bizarre and dangerous and she is willing to enact laws restricting our 2nd Amendment rights even if such laws violate our constitution.

    She will be the most radical person to run for VP in American history, but you won’t see any of this on the news. You will soon witness a massive campaign by the media to deceive you about who she is and what she believes. Don’t fall for it.”

    Steve Baldwin, former Congressman, State of California

  17. Rik on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 12:34 pm 

    The 2020 Democrat Party Platform is now posted on the internet! It’s an all-encompassing and mind-boggling 92 pages telling how a DNC House, Senate and President would run the United States. It clearly states exactly how the DNC proposes to handle every problem faced by America and it’s allies and foes. Here’s just part of the list:

    •Universal healthcare and Medicaid for all Americans and ILLEGAL ALIENS. (Pg 61)

    •$15 minimum wage (will destroy small businesses)

    •IMMEDIATE CITIZENSHIP for ILLEGAL ALIENS (Pg 63)

    •Free college (Pg 65)

    •Forgiveness of student loans (Pg 71)

    •Eliminate border walls and Immigration Enforcement (Pg 62, 64 & 65)

    •Make Washington D.C. the 51st State (and give the DNC 2 more senators)

    •Abortion for “all women & girls.” (Pg 83)

    •$70 trillion Green New Deal, where USA would be “net zero greenhouse gas by 2050.”
    But CLOSE all coal & natural gas power plants by 2035.
    By 2030 all new construction in USA must be net zero greenhouse.

    •Create a U.S. Agency for Global Media
    “to ensure that only accurate information is reported in the news or on internet.”
    (sounds like communism)

    •Rejoin the disastrous Paris Climate Agreement

    •Create a new federal agency of 100,000 people to trace every American.

    •Immediately restore voting rights for convicted felons.

    •Provide funding to facilitate vote-from-home and mail-in-voting nightmare.

    •Create a new Federal Credit Bureau (to replace Equafax, et al),
    and require banks to use this new credit reporting service
    that will be set up to assist low-income people in buying houses and cars.

    •Make gun manufacturers responsible and liable for how their guns are used.
    (Destroy gun manufacturing)

    •Declare and treat drug use as a mental illness instead of an illegal activity.
    (Drug addiction is not a disease.)

    •Declare the support for the Rights of BLM, multi-gender,
    and preferential treatment for homosexuals wanting to immigrate to America. (Pg 63)

    We have to stop calling them the Democratic party.
    It is the “democrat” party. There is a huge difference!

    Read it for yourself (if you can stand it):
    https://democrats.org/where- we-stand/party-platform/ MGIH

  18. JuanP on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 12:36 pm 

    For the record. I am the real JuanP and I haven’t posted a single comment here since before 9/7. I’ve moved on to greener pastures. I would recommend you all do the same. Reading the comments here or posting something is a complete waste of your lives. This website is fucked beyond redemption. Move on, guys!

  19. the board on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 12:36 pm 

    Lunatic, don’t let the door smack you in the ass!

  20. LifeisunfairDealwithit!!! on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 2:32 pm 

    The Nord Stream 2 pipeline should be built and finished. Sanctions don’t mean jackshit.

  21. dissident on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 5:19 pm 

    Merkel can use the gas coming out of her anus as a replacement for Russian gas.

  22. makati1 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 5:28 pm 

    RIGPORN! Germany needs and wants the N2 pipeline to finish and connect. The US wants to sell expensive LNG and cripple Russia. It will be finished by the end of this year or early next. By then there may not be an Amerika. Wait and see.

  23. makati1 on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 5:29 pm 

    “USA framing Russia to stop Nord just like CIA released Covid in Wuhan.”

    Totally agree bochen 777

    Amerika is getting desperate as it slowly disintegrates.

  24. JuanP on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 5:38 pm 

    “RIGPORN! Germany needs and wants the N2 pipeline to finish and connect.”

    Mak, Germany fine with going 100% renewable. Hydrogen is their future. Russian gas is now unneeded.

  25. The Board on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 6:24 pm 

    davytskum on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 5:38 pm

    Not ‘JuanP’ obv. More like supertard goat farmer.

  26. Lord Buckethead of the real England on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 7:57 pm 

    Merkel is a miserable East German cultural marxist. She is still doing the bidding of America more than Britain ever could.
    She is going to use this poisoning incident on Russian politician to try and stop Nordstream.

  27. Davy on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 9:02 pm 

    Don’t yall listen to JuanP yall. JuanPs a lunatic.

  28. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 8th Sep 2020 10:27 pm 

    MAK

    WATCH WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

    GOODBYE!

    ITS COMING!

  29. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 9th Sep 2020 12:59 am 

    Apparently mobbie needs new undies.

  30. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 9th Sep 2020 2:26 am 

    “RIGPORN! Germany needs and wants the N2 pipeline to finish and connect.”

    Mak, Germany fine with going 100% renewable. Hydrogen is their future. Russian gas is now unneeded.

    I wish that were true but it isn’t, not yet. Completion renewable energy transition is scheduled for 2050, 30 years away. Until then we’ll be needing (ever less) Russian gas.

  31. dissident on Wed, 9th Sep 2020 7:56 am 

    Russia needs to punish Germany for staging this blood libel theater with Navalny the grifter. Germany should be forced to buy “US” (really Qatari) LNG. Russia’s vast new LNG export facilities should be used to sell gas to the highest bidder.

  32. JuanP on Fri, 11th Sep 2020 7:07 pm 

    changing a few words does NOT change realty. And using another’s ID does not hide your Sinophile delusional arrogance.

    China down! Amerika,up!

    Reality is a nasty bitch and she has come home to the terrorist police state, China. About time!

    GO TRUMP! Take China down!

  33. makati1 on Fri, 11th Sep 2020 8:01 pm 

    Davy just keeps proving my assertion that Amerika is dying and why. LOL

  34. bochen777 on Fri, 11th Sep 2020 8:16 pm 

    Trump’s super secret nuclear weapon that even China/Russia doesn’t know about is actually a micronuke detonated by laser and its already been used in a major false flag

    It is a micronuke with as small as 6kt yield (about the same as the explosion in the Port of Beirut incident)

    It is thermonuclear without need for uranium/fission as it directly activates /fusions the hydrogen with a powerful miniaturized laser

    https://youtu.be/h2O3Z3IAkUc?t=1530

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/09/09/trump-claims-to-have-built-a-new-secret-nuclear-weapons-system/#7fb627461a1e

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cePyHAk-OIc

    https://metallicman.com/laoban4site/2020-the-year-that-president-trump-opened-pandoras-box-and-used-both-bio-weapons-and-nuclear-weapons-against-china/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3oLZryzuo

  35. Davy on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 1:36 am 

    Were real sorry makato. Are widdle emotions get so bad sometimes all we do any more is cry. Like a widdle baby.

  36. zero juan on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 4:49 am 

    Nightly lunatic:
    Davy said Were real sorry makato. Are widdle emotions get so…

    bochen777 said Trump’s super secret nuclear weapon that eve…

    bochen777 said Trump’s super secret nuclear weapon that eve…

    MR DAN PATICK said FROM: MR DAN PATRICK. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO…

    asg70 said ANAL REAPER epitomizes Peakoil.com 2020.

    bochen777 said Trump’s super secret nuclear weapon that eve…

    bochen777 said Trump’s super secret nuclear weapon that eve…

  37. Davy on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 4:52 am 

    “Davy just keeps proving my assertion that Amerika is dying and why. LOL”

    If you had anything worth saying you would go over to the moderated side but instead spew you lies and put downs over here. I guess you belong here with your group of losers annoy and juanPPee. You guy can pretend your are the leaders of the insane. If I fuck with you it is because you deserve is. BTW, I almost never read you comments or your references. They are so out of date it is a waste of my time.

  38. Davy on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 5:36 am 

    If I had anything worth saying I would have said it by now. I am over on the delusional side but instead I like to spew my lies and put downs over here. I guess I belong here with my group of losers REAL GREEN and cloggo. I can pretend I am the leader of the delusional. If I fuck with you it is because you are smarter than I is. BTW, I almost never read my own comments or my references. They are so out of touch of reality it is a waste of my everyone’s time, including mine.

  39. the board on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 6:01 am 

    more of JuanP’s junk insanity. Fuck face is all triggered because I have exposed his shit on both sides of the forum. On this side the stupidity and on the other side where trolling is more difficult I have exposed how stupid the fuck is. Below is more of his junk:

    JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 5:36 am

    “If I had anything worth saying I would have said it by now. I am over on the delusional side but instead I like to spew my lies and put downs over here. I guess I belong here with my group of losers REAL GREEN and cloggo. I can pretend I am the leader of the delusional. If I fuck with you it is because you are smarter than I is. BTW, I almost never read my own comments or my references. They are so out of touch of reality it is a waste of my everyone’s time, including mine.”

  40. Davy on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:09 am 

    Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

    So there!

    cunt faces

  41. REAL Green on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:26 am 

    Cuntfaces is all one wurd Davy.

    stupid

  42. the board on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:47 am 

    JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:09 am

    “Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck. So there!
    cunt faces”

    wow, the lunatic is especially triggered today. What is wrong fuck face, chronic depression acting up? for somebody like you suicide is a legitimate fix.

  43. the board on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:48 am 

    JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 8:26 am

    “Cuntfaces is all one wurd Davy. stupid”

    Yes, I agree you are a cunt face! LMFAO

  44. REAL Green on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:00 am 

    Which is a wurse cussin wurd Davy.

    fuck face? or cunt face?

  45. the board on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:04 am 

    JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:00 am

    “Which is a wurse cussin wurd Davy. fuck face? or cunt face?

    Both adequately describe you lunatic so use whichever. Add to it narcissistic asswipe, too.

    Fuck face, are you going to spam the board with your insanity today? Are you going to go over to the moderated side and act like you are smart? LMFAO.

  46. Davy on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:10 am 

    cunt face is obv. Wurse REAL Dumb.

    fuck face

  47. JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:11 am 

    MR Juan Pablo. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF Uruguay. ALTERNATIVE EMAIL: (). Dear Sir, SEEKING YOUR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. Please permit me to make your acquaintance in so informal a manner. This is necessitated by my urgent need to reach a dependable and trust wordy foreign partner. This request may seem strange and unsolicited but I will crave your indulgence and pray that you view it seriously. My name is JuanP and One of the close aides to the former President of the Sanitation secretary of Uruguay blessed memory, may his soul rest in peace. Due to the sewage campaign to force out the rebels in my country, I and some of my colleagues were instructed to go abroad to purchase toilet paper and tampons worth of Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only (US$20,500,000.00) to fight stink and puke. We immediately decided to divert the fund into a private security company here in Congo for safe keeping. The security of the said amount is presently being threatened here following the arrest and seizure from a turd tribesman, and some other Military sanitation personnel. we need a reliable and trustworthy foreign partner who can assist us to move this money out of my country as the beneficiary. WE have sufficient ”CONTACTS” to move the fund under Diplomatic Cover to a security company in the Europe in your name. This is to ensure that the Diplomatic Baggage is marked ”CONFIDENTIAL” and it will not pass through normal custom/airport screening and clearance. Our inability to move this money out of Congo all This while lies on our lack of trust on our supposed good friends (western countries) who suddenly became hostile immediately after his son took office. Though we have neither seen nor met each other, the information we gathered from an associate who has worked in your country has encouraged and convinced us that with your sincere assistance, this transaction will be properly handled with modesty and honesty to a huge success within two weeks. The said money is a state fund and therefore requires a total confidentiality. Thus, if you are willing to assist us you can contact me through my email address above with your telephone, fax number and personal information to enable us discuss the modalities and what will be your share (percentage) for assisting us. I must use this opportunity and medium to implore You to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this Matter extraordinarily confidential, Whatever your Decision, while I await your prompt response. NOTE: FOR CONFIDENTIALITY, I WILL ADVISE YOU REPLY ME ON MY ALTERNATIVE EMAIL BOX (juanfuckfacemail.com).Thank you and God Bless. Best Regards, MR Juan Pablo

  48. the board on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:12 am 

    JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:10 am

    “cunt face is obv. Wurse REAL Dumb.
    fuck face”

    Well, fuck face, you are REAL dumb and a fuck face. Both are bad and that means please leave lunatic

  49. JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 9:14 am 

    Biden’s super secret nuclear weapon that even Portland doesn’t know about is actually a microturd detonated by laser and its already been used in a major false flag
    It is a microturd with as small as 6lbs yield (about the same as the turd in the Port of Miami)

    It is thermonuclear without need for uranium/fission as it directly activates /fusions the hydrogen with a powerful miniaturized laser

  50. JuanP on Sat, 12th Sep 2020 10:59 am 

    A 74-year-old man coming back home from work at 2AM while most men his age are retired in their vacation homes.

    He comes back after a long day that probably started before the sun rose and gets back home exhausted with his tie open and hat in his hand feeling that an accomplished day is finally over.

    That amazing man is in the age of many people’s grandfathers, great grandfathers or my grandfather when he passed away, but this man just came back home from work, for me, for you.

    This man left his massive gold covered mansion where he could retire happily and play golf all day long.
    But this man put his wealth aside and went to work for free, for $1 a year, for me, for you, for us, for AMERICA.

    While other presidents became rich from the presidency, this man LOST over 2 billion dollars of his wealth during this short 4 years of his life.

    He put aside his amazing retirement lifestyle for getting ambushed every single day by the media and the Radical Left Democrats that trash this man who works for them until 1AM for free!

    He doesn’t do it for money or power, he already had it.
    So they will be able to find jobs or start a new business easier.

    So they will be able to keep a few dollars in their pockets at the end of the month while other presidents before him made sure to keep digging in their pockets and empty them for taxes.

    Look at this picture again, that man is at the age of your fathers, grandfathers or maybe YOU!

    The American People are in a bad place right now…. in their hearts and souls. God help us…. Trump is not the problem.

    May God Bless And Watch Over Him
    And The United States Of America.

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