Germany and Poland agreed on the "Nord stream — 2"
Germany and Poland still have different positions regarding the construction of the gas pipeline "Nord stream 2" was announced at a press conference following the meeting, the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz on Tuesday in Warsaw.
Construction of the pipeline "Nord stream 2" is one of the stumbling blocks in relations between Germany and Poland. Warsaw is in contrast with Germany strongly opposed to the construction of the pipeline and welcomes any attempt to block it or hinder it.
"Nord stream 2" is a project that Poland from the very beginning criticized, as it does not provide energy security and puts in dependence on one supplier, which is Gazprom, said Czaputowicz. In his opinion, the pipeline threatens the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Ukraine. "We must strive to diversify and ensure that the project was not implemented", - said Czaputowicz.
In turn, Maas stated that the opinion of Poland on this issue for Germany "is not new". "Our attitude to this project is not changed," - said the German Minister, noting that Germany does not accept the extraterritorial sanctions.
The project "Northern stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany, it involved a number of European companies.
Against the "Nord stream 2" actively support Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas, and a number of European countries, including Poland, Latvia and Lithuania and also the USA, the EU promotes its liquefied natural gas. They called the project the political and threatening Europe's energy security. The Russian side has repeatedly said that the project is purely commercial and competitive, and pointed out that it does not involve the termination of Russian gas transit through Ukraine to the EU.