Continuation of work on Nord Stream 2 huge mistake - PM
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday assessed that the continuation of work by Germany and Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a mistake of great calibre.
"It is our common interest to stop Nord Stream 2 and this will certainly be noticed in Russia and will be taken very seriously as a signal that we will not allow such actions against Belarus that would destroy its sovereignty," Morawiecki said while taking part in a Q&A meeting on social media.
The PM also noted that holding power in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is giving up his country's sovereignty in favour of Russia.
"This is an extremely dangerous situation. On the international forum, we stand up for a sovereign and free Belarus, but we also show the methods used by Russian President (Vladimir) Putin," said Morawiecki referring to the attempt to poison Alexei Navalny, one of the opposition leaders in Russia.
"Murdering political opponents is evidently the worst practice straight from the worst dictatorships. Doing business with such a country, Germany is trying to finish Nord Stream 2 together with Russia, is a huge mistake. It is a crime that is being done in this way to the Belarusian and Ukrainian nations, but it also destabilises this part of Europe, thus also NATO's eastern flank," stressed the Polish PM.
Morawiecki also argued that the matter of Belarus is also a matter for Poland. "The borders of Belarus are 196 km from Warsaw and we certainly want Belarus to be a sovereign, independent country, free and democratic, because this is in the best interest of Poland," he added.