Merkel favors Nord Stream II, disagrees with Polish position against it


February 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –

The Nord Stream II gas pipeline is an economic project and, in Germany’s opinion, does not threaten the European Union. Such a statement was made by the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Moravetsky, RIA Novosti reported.

“We also support the diversification of energy sources. We, too, want the transit of gas to continue through Ukraine. But we believe that Nord Stream II does not pose a threat to the diversification of supplies,” she said.

The Polish prime minister, in turn, objected saying he did not agree that it was diversification. [For his remarks, see Moravetsky]

“Gas from the same source,” he said.

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According to Merkel, Germany and Poland will continue negotiations on this issue.

Recall that in October 2016, the head of the Bundestag International Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen said that Germany should abandon the project for the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline, since it has not just economic but also political significance.

Note that in late January this year, Germany approved the construction of the Nord Stream II in its waters.

On February 15, it was reported that the Polish Law and Justice party is going to support implementing the Baltic Pipe project, which involves the construction of its own gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea in protest against the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. [for gas from Norway – tr]

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