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Polish Prime Minister urges US to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2

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Poland wants the US to impose sanctions on the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a newspaper interview published on Monday, as reported by Reuters.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Warsaw on Saturday that the US believes Nord Stream 2 is a threat to Europe’s energy security.

The project would double Russia’s capacity to pipe gas across the Baltic Sea to Germany and beyond to 110 billion m3/y.

Poland imports most of the gas it uses from Russia but plans to diversify, raising the prospect of it becoming a battleground for gas exports between the US and Russia.

The country opened its first LNG terminal at the Baltic Sea port of Swinoujscie in 2016 and last year Warsaw received its first spot delivery of American LNG. State-run gas firm PGNiG plans to buy more following an agreement signed in November.

Poland does not intend to extend its long-term import deal with Russian exporter Gazprom when it expires in 2022, as it looks to rely more on Swinoujscie and on a planned gas link with Norway. Poland also has LNG import deals with Qatar.

Poland, along with Ukraine and the Baltic States, shares American fears that Nord Stream 2 would increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.

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