Poland asked United States to expand sanctions on the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said this after the meeting with the US Secretary Rex Tillerson, reports Gazeta Prawna.
“We want that the sanction regime set by US law from August 2, 2017 which provides for sanctions against Russia also covered the construction of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2,” Morawiecki said.
He stressed that the previous interpretation of the law did not satisfy Poland.
“For us, the previous US State Department’s interpretation of the document was ambiguous and unsatisfactory. This is a very important moment for us in our negotiations with the United States. And it’s not only about our energy security, it’s about the security of the entire region,” Morawiecki added.
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 I. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.
Kyiv expressed it strong dissent against this construction, calling it politically motivated, and proposing the EU to create a consortium involving European companies to manage more efficient transportation route through Ukraine.
A number of EU countries, in particular Poland and Lithuania, also expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project.
As it was reported earlier WWF and Germany’s Union of Environment Protection urged the leading German political figures to stop the construction of Nord Stream II. According to Der Tagesspiegel, the environment protection activists sent them a letter, comparing the pipeline with the dead end – in terms of climate and policy.