Polish envoy criticises decision to establish Nord Stream 2 foundation

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The Polish ambassador in Germany has criticised plans to establish a foundation to support the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The German-Russian pipeline, to run along the Baltic seabed, has been strongly protested by Poland and the Baltic countries.

Andrzej Przylebski told Germany's NDR broadcaster on Thursday that Poland saw Nord Stream 2 as "a project that divided the EU and weakened the security of Poland and the Baltic states."

He added that the foundation project, initiated by the authorities of Germany's northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in response to US sanctions on the pipeline's constructors, "has complicated the already difficult debate around the Nord Stream 2 undertaking."

Defending the foundation plans on Thursday, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig appealed for prompt consultations in the matter with the new US government.

Schwesig said that the German federal government should insist on the withdrawal of US sanctions on Nord Stream 2, adding that the foundation project "has received a strong positive response from public opinion."

Construction on the EUR 11 billion pipeline was halted in late 2019 after one of its constructors, the Swiss Allseas company, withdrew its pipe-laying ships from the project, fearing US sanctions.

The Nord Stream 2 foundation is to secure the pipeline constructors against US sanctions by financing construction materials and machinery.

The foundation plans have been also criticised by Germany's Greens, who claim Nord Stream 2 is a "geopolitical lever" for Russia and is "anti-European."