Austria: We support Nord Stream 2Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 16, 2020
Austria has said it still supports the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite growing reservations about the project in parts of Europe following the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny.
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Van der Bellen was speaking alongside visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose country receives vital income from the transit of Russian gas and fears being weakened by Nord Stream 2.
Austria's OMV is one of the European companies in the consortium involved in financing the $11-billion pipeline.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, also speaking next to Zelenskiy later in the day, echoed Van der Bellen’s view that there was no need to halt Nord Stream 2 because of Navalny’s poisoning.
The pipeline is "economically a positive project," Kurz said. ■