Polish PM: Nord Stream II would make Russia free to act against Ukraine, so must not be built
February 16, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
Poland opposes the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline, because it considers it necessary to preserve Russia’s dependence on gas transit through Ukraine, Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetski said on Polish Radio.
“First of all, this is a political issue and a question of big, serious threats that may arise in case Poland opposes the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline, Prime Minister Mateusz Moravetski said on Polish Radio. [Cf. Angela Merkel’s contrasting view]
According to him, Warsaw does not want Russia to be able to transport gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine.
In addition, Moravetsky, dependence on Ukrainian transit keeps Russia from “aggressive actions.”
“In this regard, its aggressive actions in the Donbass, that is, in the eastern part of Ukraine, are held back to a certain extent by the risk of what would happen if something bad happened to the pipeline,” he said.
Recall, yesterday Moravetsky said that the construction of Russia’s “North Stream II” is a preparation for an attack on Ukraine. In addition, he expressed the opinion that “there is no economic meaning in the construction of the gas pipeline.”
Also yesterday, February 15, it was reported that the Polish Law and Justice party is going to implement the Baltic Pipe project, which involves the construction of its own gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea in protest against the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.
In October last year, the parliaments of Ukraine and Poland agreed a joint letter to the European Union regarding the inadmissibility of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.
In December, Prime Minister of Poland Moravetsky said that the “Nord Stream II” could lead to sad consequences for Ukraine.
Recall, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Groysman earlier said that Ukraine is taking political and legal measures to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.