Poland opposes “Nord Stream – 2”, as it wants to become an energy center for Europe, said Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev.
“In Eastern Europe, as Russian critics in Germany and the United States say, they do not welcome rapprochement (Moscow and Berlin – ed.). Solid economic interests also play an important role here: Poland wants to become the energy center of Europe itself and therefore opposes the “Nord Stream – 2″. I do not want to go into details of Russian-Polish relations. But we naturally regret the anti-Russian policy that the government is currently pursuing in Warsaw. Unfortunately, anti-Russian reflection is very common among the Polish elite,” Nechayev said in an interview with Berliner Zeitung (an issue for Wednesday).
“Nord Stream 2 envisages construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the USA, which promotes its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. In December 2019, the U.S. imposed sanctions against the project, requiring the companies involved in the laying of gas to immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline construction.
Bundestag declared a split in the European Union because of the “Nord Stream – 2”.
The Nord Stream 2 AG project is implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with its sole shareholder, Gazprom. European partners – Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper, and Wintershall – are financing the project by 50 percent in total, i.e. up to 950 million Euro each.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the issues of “Nord Stream – 2” and the incident with Alexei Navalny should be considered separately. Nevertheless, there have been calls from a number of politicians in Germany to suspend or complete the Nord Stream-2 project. At the same time, more balanced positions are also sounded.
The Kremlin has already called to stop mentioning “Nord Stream – 2” in the context of any politicization, as it is a commercial project, it is profitable both for Russia and the European Union and first of all for Germany.