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  • U.S. prepares sanctions against specific companies involved in Nord Stream 2

    U.S. authorities have identified companies that will be sanctioned due to their involvement in the Nord Stream project, dpa news agency reported, citing a senior U.S. official.

    It is noted that not only companies but also individuals can be sanctioned if they do not stop their operations related to the pipeline.

    "We’re in the process of calling a number of these companies to make them aware that they’re likely engaged in sanctionable activity," the official said.

    At the same time, he did not …

  • German lobbyists ask Washington not to pursue sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, an organization that lobbies for the interests German companies operating in Russia and Eastern Europe, appealed to prominent representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party with a request to abandon new, extraterritorial sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The letter is addressed to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and other well-known Democratic politicians, reports the newspaper Handelsblatt. As the …

  • Russian law enforcement agencies refuse to initiate criminal case into Navalny poisoning

    The Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia has refused to open a criminal case under Article 355 of the Russian Criminal Code on the development, production and storage of banned chemical weapons in connection with the poisoning of oppositionist Alexei Navalny, reported lawyers of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation with reference to the response of the Investigative Directorate of the FSB.

    According to the FSB, there are no grounds for any "procedural decisions" because "other law …

  • France and Germany prepare sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s poisoning

    The governments of France and Germany are preparing to expand sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the military nerve agent Novichok, said French Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    This statement was preceded by the confirmation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of the results of tests provided by the laboratories in Germany and France, which had previously found traces of this substance in Navalny’s body. …

  • Merkel: We call on Russia to investigate the attack on Navalny

    Germany is waiting for a response from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and will then discuss a possible response in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

    "This is not a bilateral case, it is a crime that took place on Russian territory, a violation of the convention on chemical weapons, so it is an international issue. We are waiting for the results from the OPCW and then we will discuss …

  • Germany offers U.S. a deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The German government offered the United States a billion-dollar deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project. Berlin has expressed readiness to invest up to 1 billion euros in the construction of two terminals for American liquefied natural gas, reported Die Zeit, citing sources. "In exchange, the United States will allow the smooth completion and operation of Nord Stream 2," said a letter from German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz sent on August 7 …

  • Germany considers imposing sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in response to Navalny's poisoning

    German authorities are considering the suspension of the construction of Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in response to the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The final decision depends on Russia's actions, said the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on air of the TV channel ZDF.

    "We will put all options on the agenda and make a decision at the right time," Maas said.

    According to Maas, if Russia takes part in the investigation of the incident, Germany can refrain from such …

  • Russia wants to send investigators to Germany to look into Navalny’s poisoning case

    Russia, which previously said it had "no reason to investigate" Navalny’s poisoning will ask Berlin to allow its specialists to be present during Navalny's questioning.

    The Transport Directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry will send a request to Germany about the possibility to participate in the investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry said.

    "Investigation unit is  preparing an additional request for …

  • Poland calls on Germany to stop construction of Nord Stream 2

    On Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Germany to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as Warsaw sees it as a threat to the stability of the region.

    The Nord Stream 2 underwater pipeline, which is expected to deliver gas from Russia to Germany, has been 90 percent completed. It is scheduled to be commissioned next year, but German politicians have said they may withdraw support for the project after the alleged poisoning of the leading Kremlin …

  • Germany: Russian opposition leader Navalny poisoned with Novichok substance

    The laboratory of the German Armed Forces found traces of poison from the Novichok toxin group in the body of Alexei Navalny. "At the request of the Charite University Hospital in Berlin, a special laboratory of the Bundeswehr conducted a toxicological study of Alexey Navalny's samples. An undoubted indication of the chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group has been established," reads the official statement issued on Wednesday by the German government.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the …