- Russia believes Germany's speech is provocation against Russia.
- The Kremlin reiterated that Germany refused to provide evidence in the Navalny case.
- Russia is getting tired of the German line pertaining the Navalny case as a whole.
The Kremlin made a statement today pertaining to the speech by the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, regarding the Alexey Navalny poisoning. Maas made his remarks, which were delivered remotely, during the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday.
Additionally, the German Foreign Minister called on Russia to help investigate the incident with Navalny, and again threatened consequences for this incident. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry said:
“We drew attention to the statements of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with accusations, threats and ultimatums to Russia on the situation with Alexey Navalny, made on the September 29 this year during the General political discussion of the 75th anniversary session of the UN General Assembly. It looks provocative that this time the high rostrum of the UN was used to reproduce baseless claims about the alleged use of a chemical warfare agent prohibited by the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons against Alexey Navalny in order to poison him.”
Furthermore, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that they perceive these “public fabrications” as a continuation of Berlin’s openly hostile, anti-Russian line on the so-called poisoning of Navalny, and an attempt to shift responsibility for their unwillingness to interact with Moscow in this case to others.
The Russian Foreign Ministry characterized these moves as:
“Hiding behind the back of allies and international structures. Proposals for an exchange of views between medical associations are rejected. Our initiatives on joint investigation through inter-parliamentary relations are being taken away.”
Moreover, there is new information that became available pertaining to the Navalny poisoning, which has a Chechen connection. Navalny constantly criticized Ramzan Kadyrov, and had a social media group to organize protests in Chechnya against the leader and his government. Kadyrov stated in 2019 that Navalny should be in prison.
Germany has been instrumental in accusing Russia in the case of Navalny. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Navalny in the hospital prior to his discharge.
There is also a possibility of the Nord Stream 2 project coming to a halt. The entry point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into the Baltic Sea will be the Ust-Luga area of the Leningrad Region. Then, the pipeline will stretch across the Baltic Sea. Its exit point in Germany will be in the Greifswald area, close to the exit point of Nord Stream.
The Kremlin added, through the Foreign Ministry:
“For our part, we come to the conclusion that in connection with the above behavior of Germany and its EU and NATO allies, it is impossible to have any business with the West until it stops using methods of provocation and fraud and begins to behave honestly and responsibly.”
Russia might focus more on projects with France and China instead of Germany. It is plausible that President Vladimir Putin is getting tired of Merkel. However, Nord Stream-2 is important for both nations, Russia and Germany. Nevertheless, it is plausible that the Navalny case soon will be forgotten.