The reinforcement of Alexei Navalny’s suspicion of poisoning being treated in Germany was too much for Angela Merkel.
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German Chancellor Merkel has been in a balanced relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin all along.
Merkel and Putin speak each other’s mother tongues excellently, but it hasn’t brought personal distances closer together.
Former East German citizen Merkel feels clearly prepared in the company of Soviet agent Putin in her home country.
However, Merkel has not allowed emotions to hurt when Germany and Russia have had common trade interests.
According to Merkel, Russia's actions, such as the occupation of Crimea, must have been strictly responded to.
However, not so strictly that relations with Russia would be severed.
Now his endurance is also being tested.
Opposition leader Navalny, who was brought in a coma from Russia, has been treated in Berlin.
According to German doctors, he has received a novitshok-style poison.
Such substances were developed by the Red Army and Soviet intelligence services during the Cold War.
Russia has continued to work.
It has been accused of using toxins against Caucasian rebel leaders.
Angela Merkel has so far tried to balance.
Novitshok poisons are extremely dangerous.
It is a product that does not just slip out of the hands of the Russian army and security services.
A couple of years ago in Britain, a similar poison was used in the assassination attempt of Russian jumper Sergei Skripal.
The country directly blamed Russia, which denied the allegations.
Even now, President Putin's spokesman Dimitri Peskov said Russia would not accept the allegations made against him because of Navalny.
In the case of Skiripal, EU countries deported Russian diplomats.
Finland was among them.
The meaning of such a gesture is mainly symbolic.
Skripal was poisoned in an EU country, with Navalny suspected of being poisoned in his home country.
Still, Merkel is now demanding a strict explanation.
Russia is also threatened by sanctions because of this.
Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German Foreign Affairs Committee, said the EU should now suspend construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Until now, Merkel has supported the controversial new pipeline from Russia to Germany.
The pipeline is opposed by the Baltic countries, Poland and the United States.
Proponents of the pipeline said the U.S. goal would be to ship its own expensive gas to Germany.
If Merkel changes her mind about the pipeline, a new Cold War can really be said to have started in Europe.
It would immediately affect Finland as well.
Fortum, through its majority-owned Uniper, has a stake in the pipeline project.