Despite pressure, Merkel wants to separate pipeline and Navalny poisoning
Amid calls to withdraw support for Nord Stream 2 due to the attack on the anti-Putin activist, Angela Merkel says linking the two ‘isn’t appropriate’
Berlin — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is waiting for Russia’s response to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny before deciding how to react, as she faces pressure to drop support for a controversial gas pipeline.
“Much will depend on whatever reaction we have from the Russian side,” Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday. “I acknowledge what has been said, but I want to say that yesterday I made clear what we’re doing now and in the coming days,” she said, without repeating her position that the Nord Stream pipeline and the Navalny case should be handled separately...