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Germany expects the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve poison related to chemical weapons. This was announced on Saturday by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
According to German and other Western laboratories, Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve poison produced by Russia..
Germany, France and other Western countries demanded explanations from the Kremlin about Navalny’s illness. Russia says it does not see convincing evidence that he was poisoned and denies involvement in the attempt on the life of the politician.
“I am convinced that it will be impossible to do without sanctions,” Minister Maas said in an interview with the news portal t-online..
“Sanctions must always be targeted and proportionate. But such a serious violation of the International Chemical Weapons Convention cannot go unanswered. We are united in this in Europe, ”added Maas.
Germany currently holds the presidency of the 27-nation bloc. EU leaders to discuss reaction and possible sanctions against Russia at their next summit on October 15-16.
“If the results of German, Swedish and French laboratories are confirmed, then there will be a clear response from the EU. I’m sure of that, ”Maas said..
Germany sent samples taken from Navalny to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague for additional testing in their laboratories.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the German Foreign Ministry had responded with a refusal to a request from representatives of the Russian embassy to meet with Navalny. Moscow also called on the West to end the “campaign to demonize Russia”.
The representative of the German Foreign Ministry recalled that Berlin sent Navalny a request for a meeting from the Russian consul, and that the German side informed the Russian embassy about this on September 23. However, Navalny made his own decision about whether he wanted to meet with Russian officials, the German Foreign Ministry said..
Russia sanctions German and EU officials over Alexi Navalny case
The Navalny case worsened relations between Moscow and a number of Western countries. Germany has faced calls to halt construction of the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is supposed to send Russian gas directly to Germany.
Asked whether European sanctions against Russia should apply to Nord Stream 2, Maas said more than 100 European companies are involved in the project, half of which are located in Germany. “A lot of European workers will be affected by the construction freeze,” Maas said..
The Nord Stream 2 project is led and implemented by Russia’s Gazprom, but half of the funding for the pipeline is provided by German Uniper and BASF Wintershall, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Austrian OMV and French Engie.