Ukraine has appealed to the global community to reconsider the decision to build the “Nord Stream-2” gas pipeline over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Ukrainian Foreign Minister DmytroKuleba stated this during a briefing.

“Ukraine assumes that now our partners and all those countries that oppose the Russian Federation must use powerful mechanisms to influence this country, including the application of sanctions and a revision of the policy on the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline,” the minister said.

He also stated that according to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which Russia is a signatory to, poisoning with a neuro-paralytic agent is chemical weapons use and a severe violation of international law.

“This crime should not go unpunished, because the events of 2014 –  we can also look at the situation in 2008 when Russia attacked Georgia – show that impunity only encourages Russia to new aggressive actions and further crimes,” Kuleba said.

To recap, the day before, the foreign affairs committee head of the Bundestag Norbert Roettgen declared it a necessity to reconsider the gas agreement with the Russian Federation because of the Russian oppositionist poisoning. According to the German MP, Berlin may become heavily dependent on Moscow after the pipeline launch.

The politician also stressed that Germany’s reaction should touch the sphere of gas trade because this is “the only language that Putin understands.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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