Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called last week on Berlin to scrap the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as according to Warsaw the specified project poses a threat to the stability of the region. Polish politician told public radio on Wednesday that Germany must stop construction of the project. “It strengthens Russia’s power, helps President Putin to build a military power, helps to intimidate other nations,” he said.
It should be noted that the Nord Stream 2 is in its final stage of construction and is planned for operation next year. But after poisoning of Alexei Navalny German politicians have shown hesitation regarding their support of the project.
Alexei Navalny is being treated at Berlin’s Charite hospital. Germany has presented its findings regarding Navalny’s poisoning after the toxicological analysis were carried out by a specialised military laboratory. According to the conclusions, Navalny was poisoned by a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. Germany’s findings have provoked a tough response of the international community. G7 members have already strongly condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny, calling this crime “a serious threat to those men and women engaged in defending the political and civil freedoms that Russia herself has committed to guarantee.”
Germany is holding some consultations with European and NATO partners on how to respond if Russia fails to provide insight into Navalny’s poisoning. According to Russia there are no evidence that Navalny was poisoned.
According to Morawiecki, “This reaction should lead, first of all, to the stoppage of work on the Nord Stream 2…”. “We have Germany on our western border without which this project does not make sense … I call on them to see what is happening in Belarus, what is happening in Ukraine, how much risk the completion of this project will generate in Ukraine,” – he added.
The pipeline will double the capacity of the Nord Stream 1 and will provide an avenue for Moscow to bypass Ukraine, used as the main route for Russian gas.