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 Expansion of Nord Stream-2 pipeline hurts EU, Poland, and Ukraine – Duda

According to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, the planned expansion of a natural gas pipeline directly from Russia to Germany hurts European Union unity when dealing with the conflict in Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing Gazeta.ru

The agreement, signed last week between Russia's Gazprom PJSC and European companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, EON AG and Engie, to expand the Nord Stream pipeline under the Baltic Sea, "completely neglects Polish interests," Duda said onTuesday at an economic forum in Krynica.

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The Gazprom-controlled Nord Stream-2 project envisages two pipelines directly from Russia to Germany, bypassing transit countries including Ukraine and Poland, with an annual capacity of almost 15% of current EU demand when it starts in 2019. The link would reduce Russia's dependence on Ukraine, a linchpin in gas supplies to Europe.

"The insecurity in this context stems from the egoism of some nations and their complete disregard for the interest of other nations. That makes it hard to believe in Europe's unity," Duda said.
 
 
 
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