Polish Foreign Minister Calls Nord Stream 2 a Threat to Europe
Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to European solidarity and energy security. “The gas pipeline will have negative political and economic consequences for the EU and will strengthen our dependence on an unreliable supplier, Gazprom. This will lead to a quasi-monopoly of one contractor and a single supply route”, the minister said. According to him, the gas pipeline does not increase the diversification of either energy suppliers or supplies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
Answering the question whether Warsaw intends to extend the gas transit contract with Russia, Chaputovic said that “Poland is ready for any scenario”, but refused to disclose Warsaw’s strategy in the negotiations. The current gas transit contract between Poland and Russia expires in May 2020. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov declined to comment.
Earlier, the Polish Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Petr Naimsky announced his intention to raise the price of transit of Russian gas through Poland.