Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Merkel Waits on Russia as Pressure to Drop Pipeline Mounts

  • Navalny poisoning means gas project must end, lawmaker says
  • Chancellor avoids repeating stance that issues are separate
Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 2.
Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 2.

Photographer: Markus Schreiber/AFP via Getty Images

Updated on

Angela Merkel is waiting for Russia’s response on the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny before deciding how to react, as the German chancellor faces pressure to drop support for a controversial gas pipeline.

“Much will depend on whatever reaction we have from the Russian side,” Merkel said Thursday in Berlin. “I acknowledge what has been said, but I want to say that yesterday I made clear what we’re doing now and in the coming days,” she said, without repeating her position that the Nord Stream pipeline and the Navalny case should be handled separately.