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Nord Stream 2 is ‘hybrid weapon’ against EU and NATO, says Polish PM

Staff Writer | May 29, 2018
The planned Nord Stream 2 subsea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is “a new hybrid weapon” aimed at the European Union and NATO, Poland’s prime minister said.
Mateusz Morawiecki
Energy   Morawiecki says Nord Stream 2 may have far-reaching geopolitical consequences
Speaking at a meeting of NATO lawmakers in Warsaw, Mateusz Morawiecki said that the controversial pipeline project, which is opposed by Poland and other countries, may “have far-reaching geopolitical consequences."

Addressing a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in the Polish capital, he called Nord Stream 2 a “poisoned pill of European security,” Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Echoing a view voiced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Morawiecki said that Nord Stream 2 “is a new hybrid weapon aimed at the European Union, its member states and NATO,” PAP reported.

Morawiecki told the gathering that “the Nord Stream 2 pipeline poses a threat to Europe's energy security and solidarity."

He argued that the existing Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline had enabled Russia to obtain funds that it later used to modernise its army. He referred to Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008, annexation of Crimea in 2014 and aggression in eastern Ukraine, PAP reported.

Several hundred parliamentarians from NATO countries gathered in the Polish capital on Monday concluded several days of debate on international security challenges.

If built, the 1,200-kilometre Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will supply around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, circumventing Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine.