Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Russia could attack Ukraine as soon as the Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2 is finalized, writes the PAP news agency.
As soon as the Ukrainian gas transport system is no longer “so important for Russia,” an “escalation of aggression” against Kiev can begin, according to the prime minister. In addition, he points out that in Poland nobody believes that the pipeline is just a business project.
Morawiecki claims that Russia invests the money obtained from the sale of gas to Europe in the modernization of its Armed Forces, using the words of Vladimir Lenin (Bolshevik leader), who said that the capitalists are so greedy that they “will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
Recently it was reported that Washington and Kiev agreed to work together against the Russian gas pipeline. In this way, the US seeks to benefit from this sector and try to promote the supply of its liquefied natural gas to Europe.
The Nord Stream 2 project provides for the installation of a gas pipeline from Russia’s northern coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The authorities in Russia and Germany state that the aim of the project is to strengthen Europe’s energy security in the context of increasing gas consumption.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly emphasized that Berlin regards Nord Stream 2 as a commercial project, but at the same time links its implementation to the preservation of Russian gas transit through Ukraine.
The Russian side has also repeatedly stated that the pipeline is an exclusively commercial project, which is competitive and does not entail interrupting the transit of Russian gas into the EU through Kiev.
The authorities of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania have expressed concern about the construction of the pipeline and say that it will be used as a political tool.