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[GGP] US, Poland Oppose Gas Pipeline Linking Russia And Germany

[GGP] US, Poland Oppose Gas Pipeline Linking Russia And Germany

Warsaw along with Ukraine and the Baltic States fears Nord Stream 2 would increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

In December, Russia's Natural Resources Ministry said that it had officially notified the environmental authorities of all Baltic countries that Russia had completed worldwide procedures envisaged by the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment within a transboundary context for the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

Tillerson said the pipeline was "not a healthy piece of infrastructure" for Europe's energy stability. "We see it as undermining Europe's overall energy security and stability", Tillerson said alongside Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski at a press conference in Warsaw.

The project would double Russia's capacity to pipe gas across the Baltic Sea to Germany and beyond to 110 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed the US's support for Poland's position after meeting his counterpart, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, in Warsaw.

The country opened its first LNG terminal at the Baltic Sea port of Swinoujscie in 2016 and past year Warsaw received its first spot delivery of USA liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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Tillerson encouraged other European countries to follow suit and also voiced support for a pipeline connecting Poland and Norway, which Warsaw is developing with the aim of further limiting its dependency on Russian Federation.

"We share the view about necessary diversification of energy sources, including by importing the USA liquefied natural gas", he said.

The two diplomats also pledged to boost military cooperation.

"The stationing of American troops on our territory gives us, the Poles, a sense of security, and we are grateful for that", Czaputowicz said. Czaputowicz said Poland wants to complete negotiations 'soon and sign defence deals with the U.S., including protracted talks about the delivery of the Patriot missile-defence system as well as Blackhawk helicopters.

The deployments were meant to reassure allies on NATO's eastern flank that the alliance was serious about protecting them from Russian aggression.


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