Contents tagged with Germany

  • 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 …

  • Russia asks Germany for Navalny’s medical treatment details

    The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has confirmed that it has received a request from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office for legal assistance in connection with the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital, writes Zeit with reference to Welt am Sonntag.

    The Russian side asked for the results of the tests and information about the preliminary diagnosis. According to Welt am Sonntag, the request was …

  • German Uniper admits failure of Nord Stream 2

    Construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, halted by U.S. sanctions, may no longer resume, and investments in the 10-billion-euro project may have to be completely written off, according to the IFRS report for the first half of 2020 by the German concern Uniper - one of the five European partners of Gazprom, which financed half of the cost of the project.

    "Given the new U.S. sanctions, there is an increased risk that construction will be frozen or completely halted," the report said.

    The …

  • German Foreign Minister rejects possibility of allowing Russia back into G7

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected a proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the G7.

    "The reason for Russia's expulsion was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine," said Maas in an interview published in two German newspapers Rheinische Post and Bonner General-Anzeiger.

    According to the minister, while there is no solution to the situation with Crimea and the Donbas, he sees "no chance" that Russia will join the G7.

    The G7 includes the United States, Canada, …

  • U.S. Senate approves new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    The U.S. Senate has approved the draft National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, which includes new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.

    The document, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this week, received 86 votes in favor and only 14 against.

    The $740.5 billion Defense Budget contains a provision for tightening sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which has been under sanctions since December last year, effectively halting its …

  • Germany requests that EU impose sanctions against Russia for cyberattack

    The German government in early June proposed to the EU member states to jointly impose sanctions against Russia for a large-scale cyberattack on the German Bundestag five years ago, but a decision on this issue has not been taken yet, reported DPA news agency, citing a copy of the government's official response to the so-called minor request of the Left Party faction in the German parliament.

    The German government believes that the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) was behind the …