The German Free Democratic Party (FDP) insists on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia in connection with the murder of a Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin. This position was stated by Alexander Lamsdorf, deputy head of the Free Democratic Party faction in the Bundestag, in a commentary to the Bild newspaper.
"I believe that this murder here in Berlin, really in the very heart of our capital, a few hundred meters from government buildings, is such a tough attack on German sovereignty that we should think three times about whether we should really support such a pipeline that Moscow is laying so that we can get gas from Russia. There are other suppliers who can provide us with gas," said the German parliamentarian.
In his view, Germany’s participation in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline should be discontinued. In addition, Lamsdorf believes that Berlin’s response to the murder of Khangoshvili should be the same as Britain’s reaction to the attempt to poison the Skripals.
“Let's think about what happened when Russian intelligence agents tried to kill Sergei Skripal in England. European countries expelled 140 Russian diplomats together,” Lamsdorf said.
On Thursday, the Federal Prosecutor's Office (GBA) indicted the murder against Russian prisoner Vadim Krasikov, already imprisoned.
Following several months of investigations, the German chief prosecutor decided that the Kremlin had ordered the murder in Berlin.
According to the prosecutor's office of the Federal Republic of Germany, "the bodies of the central government of the Russian Federation have ordered the liquidation of the accused citizen of Georgia of Chechen origin." Krasikov accepted and executed this "state order for the murder."
On August 23, 2019, a former Georgian field commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was killed in Berlin. Earlier, Russia put him on the wanted list, accusing him of terrorism. Khangoshvili left for Germany after another assassination attempt was committed in Georgia in 2015. The killer, a Russian citizen, was detained in Berlin on the same day.