The new government in Berlin should change its stance on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “do everything possible” to prevent Russia from using it as a weapon against its neighbors, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“Nord Stream 2 is becoming a tool for blackmailing Ukraine and Moldova. It is also a tool for manipulating energy prices, “he told the German news agency DPA on Sunday interview.
“I expect the new German government to do everything in its power not to let Nord Stream 2 be an instrument in President Putin’s arsenal.”
The 1,200-kilometer pipeline from Russia to Germany has long been a hot topic, especially with Europe hit by sky-high energy prices.
Poland has been among the most vocal voices against Moscow’s energy practices. Last month, it called on EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to launch an inquiry into Russia’s state-sponsored Gazprom, which owns the pipeline, for market manipulation and abuse of dominance in energy markets.
Morawiecki also defended his handling of the migration struggle on Poland’s border with Belarus, saying his country is defending the EU against yet another migration crisis.
The EU has accused Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko of creating a border crisis by pushing Middle Eastern migrants against the EU in retaliation for Brussels’ sanctions. Poland, at the center of the crisis, has responded by strengthening its border.
“We can not have an open door policy,” Morawiecki said.
While the EU should help find a diplomatic solution to the border crisis, Morawiecki criticized outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for holding talks with Lukashenko. “She helped legitimize his regime while the struggle for a free Belarus is now going on for 15 months,” he said.