Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that Europe should treat the situation in Belarus and the attack against Alexei Navalny as a “memento,” maybe the last one.
According to PM Morawiecki, the only rational solution is the scrapping of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a Kremlin flagship project to bring Russian gas direct to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
“Europe should treat the situation in Belarus and attempt on Alexei Navalny as a memento, maybe the last one. The only rational solution should be closing down the Nord Stream 2 project,” the PM’s post reads.
Nord Stream 2 is nearly complete. The project, linking Russian gas fields with the German distribution network. Russian gas is currently flowing to Western Europe mainly through pipelines that cross Ukraine, Belarus and Poland. If completed, Nord Stream 2 would increase Russia’s capacity to provide Western Europe with gas while bypassing countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced calls to suspend work on Nord Stream 2.
Alexei Navalny, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition was hospitalised in Omsk, central Russia, on August 20 after he felt ill on board an aeroplane and lost consciousness. Two days later he was moved on request of his family to a hospital in Berlin, the capital of Germany.
On August 9, Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected president of Belarus having allegedly acquired 80.1 percent of the vote in the national elections, while his main contender Svetlana Tikhanovskaya ostensibly garnered 10.1 percent.
The Belarusian opposition accused the incumbent president of rigging the results of the election and started protests which have been ongoing since August 9, the day of the vote.
The regime in Minsk brutally reacted to the protests. Many people were detained, arrested and prosecuted. There are reports of detainees being tortured. Moreover, many Belarusians, including Ms Tchikhanouskaya, were forced to leave their country.