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Germany Uses Novichok as Leverage With Kremlin Over Gas Pipeline

  • Health Minister Spahn says security outweighs economic issues
  • Other proposals include a moratorium on near-finished project
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WATCH: Why is Merkel’s support for Nord Stream 2 being tested?(Source: Bloomberg)
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A growing number of leading politicians in Germany are calling into question the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Health Minister Jens Spahn became the latest senior figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party to link the natural-gas conduit’s fate to Russian cooperation with an inquiry into the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Social Democrat Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the weekend made similar comments, while lawmakers from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union called for the project to be halted or delayed.