Disinfo: The Navalny case is only an excuse for Germany to abandon Nord Stream 2

Summary

The strong pressure that the United States continues to exert against Germany may lead the Germans to abandon the completion of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Although Berlin is resisting, its ability to resist is not equivalent to that of American pressure. Moreover, some European Union countries have openly sided with the United States.

Germany could have responded effectively to the increased sanctions war if it had been truly supported by the rest of Europe, but this did not happen, because in other countries they were very afraid that the Germans would gain strength after controlling the distribution of Russian gas. As a result, Berlin cannot resist the American assault. Nevertheless, it is important for Germany to save face [appear as if it withdrew from the case because of Navalny and not US pressure], and the Navalny scandal helps solve this problem.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory aimed at linking the case of Alexei Navalny with the Nord Stream 2 project to divert attention from Russia's responsibility for the incident. Such a claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

There is no ground for connecting the Navalny case with the construction of Nord Stream 2.

The prominent Russian opposition figure fell ill during a flight prompting the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that Americans are recouping their long-term investment in Navalny, the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny, Sovereignty

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