The gas pipeline makes Europe dependent on Russian gas supplies, the Polish prime minister said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Germany and the European Union to refuse to continue building the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline as a reaction to the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny.
вЂњYou can't threaten Russia with your finger from afar and then get involved in the Nord Stream 2 project with Gazprom,вЂќ Morawiecki wrote in a guest commentary published on the website of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Sunday, September 13.
According to Morawiecki, the only rational conclusion from the story with Navalny may be to вЂњarchive the Nord Stream 2 project.
An attempt to poison a leading representative of the Russian opposition with banned chemicals, two days before the planned negotiations on EU-Russia relations to be held in Berlin, is a вЂњchallenge for the entire democratic community in Europe,вЂќ the Polish prime minister further stresses.
Moravian about the impossibility of a constructive dialogue with Russia
Moreover, the gas pipeline makes Europe dependent on Russian gas supplies, he is sure. But the most dangerous thing about it is that Russia, under the guise of economic cooperation, will have an impact on Germany, one of the most important partners within the EU and NATO in economic and political terms, Morawiecki warns.
In his view, it's not enough just to take into account that Russia doesn't recognize democracy and freedom of speech in the Western sense. It's impossible to have a constructive dialogue with a state that violates international standards and international law not only in its own country but also on the territory of EU and NATO members, Morawiecki believes.