Poland decries Nord Stream 2 as possible trigger for Russian-Ukrainian war

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 20.2.2018 15:46

Heading to Germany, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on 15 February, that the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could act as a main trigger for a Russian-Ukrainian war.

Morawiecki believes that when Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline becomes fully operational, Russia will be able to escalate the conflict in Ukraine without putting critical pipeline infrastructure at risk. So far, Ukraine had an advantageous status of transit country, but with Nord Stream 2 it loses this asset, something that could affect both its energy security, and the dynamics of the conflict with Russia. Poland is against the construction of the Nord Stream 2, and even advocates for US sanctions to be imposed on the project. It seems that, with this statement, the Polish prime minister attempted to securitise the problem of gas pipeline construction before the Berlin talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany is a long-term supporter of, and a stakeholder in the construction Nord-Stream 2, and officially it does not believe that the project is a threat to the energy diversification objective of the EU. Additionally, the EU is negotiating new internal market rules, which would impact the construction of the Nord Stream 2, as well as grant certain commitments to Ukraine.

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