Polish Prime Minister: EU dependence on Russia will increase with the launch of Nord Stream 2

Europe's dependence on Russian gas will increase when the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline goes online, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday after meeting with his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb, Euractiv reports.

According to him, Russia is using gas as a "political bargaining chip".

The Croatian government was informed of Morawiecki's visit just an hour and a half before his arrival. There was no explanation for the urgency of the visit, but, interestingly, it took place a day before the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Russia is putting pressure on Poland and the entire EU through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. One part of the EU is highly dependent on Russian energy resources, and if Nord Stream 2 starts working, we can conclude that it will be even more dependent,” he said.

During his visit to Zagreb, Morawiecki spoke about the migration crisis Poland is currently facing at the border with Belarus. He believes that the "artificially provoked crisis with migrants", the accumulation of the Russian army around the border with Ukraine and along the border in the Kaliningrad region, as well as the energy crisis, partially caused by Russia's manipulation of gas prices, are all forms of Russian political struggle, pressure on EU ".

To recap, the Department of the State imposes new sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

As reported, Ukraine wants to extend the transit contract with Russia for 15 years.

Tags: Gazprom, gas, Nord Stream 2, EU, Top management, USA, sanctions, Gas market, negotiations, Ukraine, price, gas supplies, Poland

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