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European Parliament calls for international probe into alleged Navalny poisoning & suspension of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

RT | September 17, 2020

The European Parliament has pushed to halt construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia, and for an international investigation into the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

A resolution passed on Thursday called on European Union member states to “continue to isolate Russia in international forums,” encouraging the European Council “to prioritize the approval of the EU Magnitsky-style human rights sanctions” against what it called “the Russian regime.” The ‘Magnitsky’ sanctions are named after a Russian tax auditor, and associate of American-turned-British billionaire Bill Browder, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009.

532 MEPs voted for the resolution, 84 were against and 72 abstained. A total of 688 out of the registered 705 MEPs took part in the voting. It’s important to note that the measure is advisory and not legally binding, but rather intended as an advisory for EU governments.

The European Parliament also reiterated its “previous position to halt the Nord Stream 2 project.” This is a gas pipeline set to connect Germany directly to Russian energy supplies.

“It is necessary to immediately start an international investigation, with the participation of the EU, United Nations, Council of Europe and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” the resolution states. It names Alexey Navalny as “a leading Russian opposition politician, lawyer, blogger and anti-corruption activist” who has become “one of the few effective leaders of the Russian opposition.”

The vote on Thursday took place without a debate – there had been discussion on Tuesday in the parliament.

Earlier this month, European Commission President Charles Michel condemned “in the strongest possible terms the attempt to silence opposition leader (sic) Navalny.”

Sanctions against the Russian authorities have been rumored ever since news of Navalny’s alleged poisoning first broke. In late August, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun explained that Washington was prepared to take strong measures against Moscow, which would make sanctions related to the 2016 US presidential election “pale in comparison.”

September 17, 2020 - Posted by | Economics, Russophobia |

1 Comment »

  1. The EU’s instant resort to disproportionate measures on an unrelated issue against Russia before the facts have been proven, evokes similar over-reaction to fake claims over the Skripal case which has been shown by Kollerstrom in ‘The Great British Skripal Hoax’ to be more likely an MI6/Mossad attack. The first was probably to discredit Russia for saving Syria which the Israeli High Command has vowed to ‘return to the Stone Age’. And the latest one is probably because Russia is demanding justice for Palestine in the current so-called ‘peace’ agreement with Bahrain and the UAE. Even if a Russian agent did use this deadly nerve agent (which does not kill), it makes no sense to punish the people by general sanctions – loss of national income etc. And it makes even less sense to punish the German people who will not receive their gas supplies but may have to pay compensation to International Bechtel.
    Similar false claims were made against Iraq and Syria to whip up international opprobrium against those nations and used as a precursor to war. The EU has been poisoned by a foreign lobby with deadly intentions. It needs to wake up and take a strong ‘vaccine’ to shake out the virus.

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    Comment by jbthring | September 17, 2020 | Reply


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