Disinfo: US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to the cancellation of Nord Stream 2

Summary

Charité said in a statement that it ordered a second round of testing to determine the exact substance that afflicted Navalny, which could provide more forensic evidence as to who might have been behind the poisoning.

It is also the US and its allies’ hope that if it really was poisoning this would spoil relations between Russia and Germany so much that Nord Stream 2 is officially canceled.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory.

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

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and 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 poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

See related disinformation cases alleging that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny as with Skripal and Litvinenko; the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia; political scandal in Austria was a CIA operation to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny

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