Kiev: French Minister of European Affairs Clement Bon has issued an appeal to the German government to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline amid arrests of protesters in Russia.
Deutsche Welle reports.
“We have always said that we have huge doubts about this project in this context,” - the minister explained.
When asked whether these words meant a call for Berlin to abandon Nord Stream 2, Bon replied: "That's right, we've already talked about this."
Bon also noted that European leaders are now considering the possibility of introducing new sanctions against the Russian Federation amid the suppression of protests that are taking place in the country due to the poisoning and the arrest of anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Thousands of Russians took to the streets last Sunday despite the government's ban. More than five thousand people were detained at the same time.
"The sanctions have already been imposed, we can do this, but we must clearly understand that they will not be enough," - Bon added. According to him, another option that is being considered is Nord Stream 2.
At the same time, the minister added that this should be a decision of Germany, because the gas pipeline is being laid in Germany.