Russian Gas Link Shuts Down ‘No Brainer’ For Germany, Bloomberg Says Morawiecki

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© Bloomberg. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gestures during an interview in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, September 7, 2020. The Polish zloty has room to strengthen as the economy recovers from the coronavirus crisis more quickly than expected, Morawiecki said. Photographer: Piotr Malecki / Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) – Poland has said it is trying to pressure neighboring Germany to shut down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline following the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

For Germany, the decision should be “obvious” to withdraw from the project, which was political and destabilizing for Eastern Europe, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview on Monday.

Hours earlier Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman said she was rethinking her continued support for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline.

“With the recent developments in Belarus, where Mr Putin is clearly threatening to intervene, and what he has done with Mr Navalny, this should be a last wake up call for Germany,” Morawiecki told Bloomberg Television. Russia should be condemned and “there should be very strong sanctions and interventions that will follow”.

Tensions between Moscow and Berlin escalated after German military specialists determined last week that Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Russian military.

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Morawiecki, a longtime opponent of the gas link, called President Vladimir Putin’s government a “hostile regime” for violating the sovereignty of neighboring states and the treatment of dissidents.

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