The head of economy and energy in the German parliament, Klaus Ernst, said that the possible suspension of work on the construction of the Russian gas transmission line "Northern Torrent-2" is a huge mistake.
He added in an interview to the press, that stopping work on building the line due to what happened with Alexei Navalny would lead to "ending energy cooperation between Germany and Russia, which is wrong and harmful."
Ernst warned that abandoning the construction of the gas pipeline "will harm the reputation of the German government, and the company operating the project may demand financial compensation for the damage."
According to him, such a move by Berlin would mean the end of energy cooperation with Russia. The parliamentarian stressed that "this behavior is wrong and harmful and does not meet German or European interests."
At the same time, Ernst, who represents the Left Party in the Bundestag, called on the Russian authorities to share and present the results of the Navalny investigation with Germany and Europe, noting that the German government should also exchange information "transparently".
The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on Washington's call to stop the "Northern Torrent 2" project, against the background of the situation of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, and said that this project should remain outside politics
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Groshko, said in a press statement today, Tuesday, that the situation with the Russian blogger Alexei Navalny should not affect "Northern Torrent 2", stressing the need for the project to remain outside politics.
He added, "We hear all these statements, which are being made. But our position is well known, it is an economic project, which must remain outside politics, because it strengthens energy security in Europe itself and creates a platform for the development of economic interaction. We proceed from the fact that priority must be given." Of interests. "
Commenting on US President Donald Trump's recent call to Europe to abandon the Russian gas pipeline project, "Northern Torrent 2" due to the situation around Navalny, Groshko said: "Regarding the statements of American officials, they carry nothing new, as they are constantly and systematically making efforts against the Northern Torrent." But it seems to us that in the end, Europe must find the strength to declare its national interests if it does not want to be in a position of subordination.
The "Jakarta Post" electronic newspaper said that the authorities in some Indonesian provinces have begun using "innovative" methods to punish violators of the system of wearing masks imposed in the context of combating Corona.
The newspaper stated that one of the penalties includes forcing the violator to lie in a coffin usually designated for transporting the dead due to Covid-19 disease.
This particular penalty was imposed on about fifty vendors in the "Maroun Market", after they were arrested working without masks. The newspaper indicated that the authorities gave them masks for free before boarding the dead transport car.
The newspaper said that one of the ways is for a representative of the authorities to recite a lecture to the offender, about the size of the epidemic and epidemiological safety rules, and also calls on the violator to evaluate his illegal actions.
Violating vendors were also subjected to the penalty of deprivation of the right to trade for a week, deprivation of the identity card of an Indonesian citizen for a period of three months, and work in cleaning the market and cleaning sewers.
Barcelona team officials have begun to focus on the list of players who will be hired in preparation for the next season, after resolving the crisis of Argentine star Lionel Messi.
Messi eventually decided to stay within the walls of the Catalan club, and on Monday returned to his first individual training with the club.
According to the Spanish newspaper "Marca", the club's technical management led by Ronald Koeman has put a group of names on its radar on the horizon of contracting with her during the summer Mercato.
The source explained that Koeman gives priority in signings to the two players, one in the center of attack and the other in defense.
In this regard, Barcelona is mainly targeting the player Lotaro Martinez, who informed his Italian team Inter Milan of his desire to leave for "Camp Nou".
The Italian team does not appear ready to accept any offer of less than € 111 million.
Striker Memphis Depay, who previously played for Koeman in the Dutch national team, also remains an option on the table.
In the defense center, Barcelona are in advanced negotiations to sign Erik Garcia from Manchester City.
But according to Marca, negotiations between the two parties may take a longer time to reach a final agreement
US President Donald Trump has said top Pentagon leaders want to continue waging wars to satisfy "defense contractors."
Trump continues to confront allegations that he made abusive remarks to American soldiers who have fallen victim to wars, including calling the World War I dead in a US military cemetery in France "losers" and "losers" in 2018.
It is noteworthy that the newspaper "The Atlantic" had reported these allegations, without revealing their source.
At a news conference at the White House on Monday, Trump emphasized his claim that these statements were fabricated, saying, "I'm not saying that the military loves me. But the soldiers love me."
But he added, "Maybe the top Pentagon officials don't like me because they don't want to do anything but fight wars, so all these amazing companies that make bombs and planes and everything else will be happy."
Trump's relationship with the military chiefs has been strained since he threatened this summer to use the Insurgency Act to enlist law enforcement during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also lamented that he walked with Trump in Lafayette Square in what turned out to be photoshoot during the protests.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who was appointed by Trump, was an executive and defense contractor at Raytheon, one of the largest companies specializing in defense systems, before he became defense secretary in 2017.
China and India traded accusations over who started the firing across the tense Himalayan border, which intensified the months-long confrontation between the two nuclear neighbors.
China said Tuesday: The soldiers took "counter measures" after Indian soldiers opened fire in the disputed mountainous Ladakh region.
India was accused of committing a "military provocation" on Monday, after its soldiers crossed the actual Line of Control in the Ladakh border area (west) and "started shooting," according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
A spokesman for the Chinese People's Liberation Army did not provide specific details about the "countermeasures" process, nor did he submit any report on casualties, calling on India to investigate the incident.
New Delhi, in turn, hastened to present its story and accused the Chinese border forces of "violating agreements" and firing "a few shots in the air" to intimidate their Indian opponents.
"Despite the dangerous provocation, our forces showed restraint and acted in a mature and responsible manner," the Indian army said in a statement.
This is the first time that it confirms shooting across the disputed border in decades, as the agreement dictates that border forces will not use weapons to avoid an escalation of violence in this remote region.
Relations between the two neighbors have deteriorated after a fist fight in June in the disputed area resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers.
Tens of thousands of soldiers have been deployed from both sides on the disputed Himalayan border, which is more than 4,000 meters high.
The two countries fought a border war in 1962, but no shooting has been recorded in the area since 1975, when four Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush.
Because the borders are not properly demarcated and the high terrain is often misleading, the two sides agreed decades ago that firearms would not be used there.
The detailed protocols specify peaceful procedures for settling disputes, if the patrols lose their way to areas that the other side believes are its own territory.
However, serious clashes occurred in the Ladakh region on June 15, in which sticks, stones and hands were used, similar to what was happening in the Middle Ages, and resulted in the killing of 20 Indian soldiers.
China acknowledged the casualties among its ranks, but did not reveal how many.
Since then, the two sides have strengthened their positions with tens of thousands of soldiers in this remote area.
The Indian Army reported that it had amended its rules of engagement to allow soldiers to carry weapons.