Nord Stream 2: EU Parliament and Biden Administration pressure Germany to stop Russia pipeline
The European Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution calling to stop the process of completing the gas pipeline «Nord Stream 2» in response to the arrest of Alexei Navalny.
581 European MPs voted in support of the resolution, «vs» spoke out 50; 44 parliamentarians abstained.
The European Parliament called on the EU Council to impose sanctions against Russian oligarchs, the closest circle of the President of the Russian Federation, media propagandists, freeze their assets in the European Union, impose a ban on travel to the EU and extend sanctions to their immediate family members, and immediately stop the implementation of the project «Nord Stream 2».
The European Parliament called for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny and other persons detained in connection with his return to Russia, condemned politically motivated reprisals against them, including through the use of the justice system.
European deputies considered Russia’s behavior inappropriate for a member of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, urging European organizations to take measures to assess violations of the obligations assumed by the Russian Federation.
The authors pointed out that the detention of political opponents is contrary to Russia’s international obligations. They called on the Committee of Ministers and member states of the Council of Europe to use their powers to refer the case of violations of the Russian Federation to the European Court of Human Rights.
The resolution calls on the Russian authorities «end harassment, intimidation, violence and repression against independent and dissident voices», put an end to «prevailing impunity that has resulted in the deaths of many journalists, activists, human rights defenders and opposition politicians».
The European Parliament believes that «the attempt on Navalny’s life and his arrest upon his return to Russia are aimed at preventing further exposure of serious corruption in the regime and are part of a systemic effort» in an attempt to silence and eliminate him and the political opposition. The deputies saw this as a focus on the upcoming parliamentary elections. The Russian leadership, according to the deputies, thus seeks to stay in power and deprives people of chances for democracy and freedom..
It follows from the resolution that the use of chemical weapons is a crime from the point of view of the norms of international law. The authors of the document called on the Russian authorities to provide the OPCW with full information about the program «Newbie», «investigate and prosecute those responsible for the crime» against Navalny.
The resolution calls for revising Russian legislation on foreign agents and undesirable organizations, guaranteeing all democratic parties equal access and equal chances in the upcoming elections to the Duma.
The European Parliament invited the EU member states to coordinate their position on Russia and act as a united front. EU, MPs believe, should take advantage of change of administration in Washington «to strengthen transatlantic unity in defending democracy and fundamental values from authoritarian regimes».
A statement by the US Mission to the OSCE released on the same day emphasizes that the United States strongly condemns the decision of the Russian authorities to arrest Alexei Navalny and demands his immediate release. The document also contains a call to immediately bring to justice all those involved in the attempt on Navalny’s life..
Recall that Alexey Navalny – the most famous critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin – was detained last Sunday after returning home from Germany, and then placed in custody; allegedly – for violation of the rules of probation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to support the construction of the gas pipeline despite strong criticism of this project to the EU country, said on Thursday that her position has not changed, despite the events related to Navalny..