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Nord Stream 2 to destabilize Europe, give Russia more influence, - Morawiecki

The Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine across the Baltic Sea
09:32, 5 July 2018

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in his speech at the European Parliament said that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a political project and would increase the EU's dependence on Russia. It was reported by Ukrinform agency.

"All efforts in the Eastern Europe [on energy security] could be disrupted by the Nord Stream 2 project. This is not an economic project but a political one. The EU does not need Nord Stream 2," Morawiecki said.

He noted that this project would bring high risks of destabilization in Eastern Europe and give Russia a leverage over European economy and politics.

As it was reported earlier, even if the U.S. imposes sanctions, Russia can fund the construction of Nord Stream 2, as Paul Corcoran, the Finance Director of Nord Steam 2, said in the interview. Gazprom is not commenting on the statement.

Related: Parliament Spokesperson urges US to deter Nord Stream 2 construction

Earlier, Corcoran also stated that the gas pipeline might be constructed bypassing Denmark if it refuses to give permission for the construction.

Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream 2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.

Related: Danish Prime Minister offers to assess risks of Nord Stream 2 for Ukraine

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