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Merkel does not rule out sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out the imposition of sanctions against Russia, which may also affect the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This was announced on Monday, September 7, by the spokesman of the German government, Steffen Seibert. "The Chancellor joined the statement of the German Foreign Minister, which he made over the weekend," Seibert said, speaking about the possible reaction of the EU to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, DW reports.

A day earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas first linked the poisoning of Alexei Navalny to the construction of the gas pipeline. “I hope that the Russians will not force us to change our position on Nord Stream 2,” he said.

Maas acknowledged that the termination of the pipeline would damage German and European companies. At the same time, according to him, it would be wrong "from the very beginning to exclude" any consequences for this initiative in connection with the events around Navalny.