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How Merkel can «punish» Putin for the situation with the poisoning of Navalny




The situation around the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny worsened the attitude of German Chancellor Angela Merkel towards Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bloomberg reports this citing sources close to Merkel.





“Since the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexey Navalny, lies in an artificial coma just minutes from Angela Merkel's office in Berlin, the German chancellor does not know what to do with Vladimir Putin. According to two officials familiar with her opinion, who asked not to be named The German leader — the key channel of communication between the Russian president and the West — is disappointed that Putin has not shown flexibility in this matter,“ the agency writes.

While Merkel tends to choose her language carefully, her tone toward Russia has grown harsher. Less than two hours after doctors in Berlin determined that Navalny had been poisoned, Merkel demanded that Putin “urgently fully investigate this act” and identify those involved.

The speed with which she responded should have sent the Kremlin a signal of how serious Merkel is about the issue, officials said.





Trust between Merkel and Putin is at an all-time low. Their relationship began to deteriorate after Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and the start of aggression in Donbas.

“If friction peaks, projects such as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which the Merkel government has defended in the face of harsh criticism from the US and EU member states, could be at risk,” the agency writes.

As you know, on the morning of August 20, the plane en route from Tomsk to Moscow, urgently landed in Omsk due to the poor health of Alexey Navalny, who was on board. The politician was urgently hospitalized, he fell into a coma. Later, Alexei Navalny was taken to a hospital in Germany.

The Kremlin says it sees no reason to start an investigation.



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