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Belgium: Navalny alleged poisoning is not 'a one-off' - Ursula von der Leyen02:53

Belgium: Navalny alleged poisoning is not 'a one-off' - Ursula von der Leyen

Belgium, Brussels
September 16, 2020 at 08:45 GMT -00:00 · Published

"Poisoning of Alexei Navalny with an advanced chemical agent is not a one-off," said President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen while delivering her first State of the Union address before the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.

"This pattern is not changing," she continued with accusing Russia of being behind the poisoning attacks, election meddling and other actions.

Von der Leyen added, "And no pipeline will change that," referring to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The ex-German Defence Minister also expressed support for the people of Belarus and called the government's response "shameful," reemphasising that the EU considers the recent presidential election "neither free nor fair."

Speaking on Turkey, Von der Leyen acknowledged the country has been struggling with its "troubled neighbourhood" and housing millions of refugees, "for which we support them with considerable funding."

However, according to the official, "none of this is justification for attempts to intimidate their neighbours," a reference to Ankara's recent moves aimed at exploring potential gas and oil deposits under the seabed of the Mediterranean, waters claimed by Cyprus and Greece.

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"Poisoning of Alexei Navalny with an advanced chemical agent is not a one-off," said President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen while delivering her first State of the Union address before the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.

"This pattern is not changing," she continued with accusing Russia of being behind the poisoning attacks, election meddling and other actions.

Von der Leyen added, "And no pipeline will change that," referring to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The ex-German Defence Minister also expressed support for the people of Belarus and called the government's response "shameful," reemphasising that the EU considers the recent presidential election "neither free nor fair."

Speaking on Turkey, Von der Leyen acknowledged the country has been struggling with its "troubled neighbourhood" and housing millions of refugees, "for which we support them with considerable funding."

However, according to the official, "none of this is justification for attempts to intimidate their neighbours," a reference to Ankara's recent moves aimed at exploring potential gas and oil deposits under the seabed of the Mediterranean, waters claimed by Cyprus and Greece.

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