Germany uses novichok as leverage with Kremlin over gas pipeline

The German federal government becomes increasingly wary of Russia's conduct, with some suggesting the country suspend gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Germany’s support for the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline is developing a few cracks.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the weekend became the first member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet to link the natural-gas conduit’s fate to Russian cooperation with an inquiry into the poisoning of dissident Alexey Navalny. A lawmaker from Merkel’s party suggested suspending the project.

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