European lawmakers are expected to pass a resolution on January 21 calling on the European Union to halt construction on the nearly complete “Nord Stream-2” pipeline, which would carry Russian natural gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Members of the European Parliament are calling for expanded sanctions against Russia over the weekend arrest of opposition figure Aleksei Navalny upon his return to Moscow after being treated in Germany for poisoning with a nerve agent Novichok.

The nonbinding resolution calls for EU sanctions already imposed on Russian officials responsible for his poisoning to be expanded to include those involved in the Kremlin critic’s imprisonment.

Sanctions should also include “Russian oligarchs,” President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle,” and “media propagandists,” so that the EU makes clear it will “no longer be a welcoming place for Russian wealth of unclear origin,” European lawmakers demand.

EU member states must “review cooperation with Russia in various foreign policy platforms and on projects such as “Nord Stream-2″, the completion of which the EU must stop immediately,” the resolution states.

Source – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty