Nord Stream 2 is owned by Russian state company Gazprom, with investment from several European companies. The pipeline construction was suspended in December 2019 when a Swiss firm pulled its vessels out of the project amid threats of US sanctions, forcing Gazprom to try to complete it with its own resources.
Merkel has consistently stood by the project. She acknowledged Thursday that she said last summer the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was treated in Germany after being exposed to a nerve agent, could play a role. Navalny was arrested immediately after returning to Russia on Sunday.
But I am saying today that ... my basic attitude has not yet changed in such a way that I would say that the project shouldn't happen, Merkel added.
We will of course speak with the new American administration, she said.
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