Poland puts end to Russian gas domination says PM at pipeline opening
The era of Russian domination in the area of natural gas has ended, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, said on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the Baltic Pipe, a major Norway-Denmark-Poland pipeline.
"Today we can say with complete certainty: The era of Russian domination in the area of gas is ending," Morawiecki said at a gas compressor station in Goleniow, northwestern Poland, part of the Baltic Pipe. "An era that was marked by blackmail, threats and extortion," he added.
According the Morawiecki, with the new investment Poland has gained "energy sovereignty, energy freedom and increased security, both in terms of energy and in a more general sense."
The Baltic Pipe is a joint venture by Polish and Danish gas operators Gaz-System and Energinet. Tuesday's ceremony was a symbolic one, as the investment will be formally launched on Saturday.