Poland's foreign minister: Nord Stream 2 to deprive Ukraine of protection against Russian aggression
Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz says he is convinced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea will deprive Ukraine of certain protection against extended aggression from the Russian Federation.
Czaputowicz made this statement while meeting with Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze in Davos, Switzerland, the media liaison office of the Ukrainian Cabinet's Secretariat told UNIAN.
The Polish minister stressed that Poland sees Nord Stream 2 as a significant threat to the peace and security of the European continent not only from the point of view of deepening the dependence of European countries on Russian energy resources, but also from prospects for the escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
According to Czaputowicz, when transit shipments of Russian natural gas via Ukraine stop, the country will lose both profits and certain protection from extended aggression from the Russian Federation.
He noted that Poland's position regarding the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline coincides with that of the European Commission and remains unchanged. It states that the Gas Directive on the extension of the application of its requirements to subsea pipelines should apply to all pipelines.
Czaputowicz said that the Nord Stream 2 project should not be implemented.
In turn, Klympush-Tsintsadze expressed the hope for further coordination of actions to counter the construction of Nord Stream 2. She says Poland plays an active role among the EU countries that uphold the position that member states should approve amendments to the Gas Directive as soon as possible.