Serhat TUNAR – TDO- Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz criticized the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in an interview with the German publication Handelsblatt. He said the project threatens the security of Ukraine and indicates Germany’s anti-European position.
“The gas pipeline effectively neutralizes the sanctions and Nord Stream 2 is killing Ukraine. When the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine is stopped, this country will lose not only impressive profits but above all a guarantee of protection against another Russian aggression,” the Minister said, as quoted by Radio Poland.
Czaputowicz regrets the lack of a common European position in this matter. “Poland, the USA and the European Commission represent the pro-European position while Germany is anti-European. It is generally accepted that the Europe’s and Germany’s positions are identical, but that is not the case with Nord Stream 2,” said Jacek Czaputowicz.
Nord Stream 2 can begin operations in January 1, 2020. It is more than 1,200 km long and will be laid across the Baltic Sea, connecting the Russian gas suppliers with consumers in Europe. Its capacity is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The project cost is estimated at almost 10 billion euros.