US President Donald Trump expressed his support for stopping the Nord Stream-2 project due to the situation with Alexey Navalny. He said this at a press conference on Monday, September 7. The recording of the speech is available on the White House Twitter.
“Of course. I supported it. I was the first to offer it,” the American leader said.
On September 4 the head of the White House stated that the United States had no evidence that Russian blogger Alexey Navalny could have been poisoned. At the same time Trump noted that the United States doesn’t question “final or almost final” conclusions of Germany about the situation with Navalny and won’t object to response measures concerning Russia.
Discussions about the future of Nord Stream-2 resumed with renewed vigor after Berlin, citing the military doctors, said that Navalny had been poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group.
Earlier Monday, German MP Alexander Neuil of the Left Party commented on German opposition calls to stop the gas pipeline because of new data on the incident with blogger Alexei Navalny. According to him, the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline construction completion is beneficial for both Russia and Germany.
Nord Stream 2 is being constructed along the Baltic Sea bottom from Russia to Germany to ensure gas supplies to Europe. The project is opposed by the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine, which is afraid of losing Russian gas transit, and the USA, which are planning to sell their liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU. At the same time, Washington has repeatedly called on Europe to abandon the gas pipeline and threatened to impose sanctions on the companies involved in the project.