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Polish PM scorns German president for backing disputed pipeline

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has criticised the German president for backing a controversial Russia-Germany gas pipeline, calling it “an anti-EU project.”

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline has drawn criticism from the EU’s eastern members, the European Parliament and the United States owing to fears it will increase Russian influence both over the Baltic region and European energy supplies.

Some in Europe are also unhappy that EU states are doing business with Putin’s Russia despite its poor human rights record and its armed intervention in eastern Ukraine.

However, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently told a German paper that the pipeline is “the last bridge linking Russia with Europe,” and reminded the paper’s readers of the 20 million Soviet citizens who died during World War II.

In a Thursday Twitter post, Morawiecki replied: “While I agree with the German President that post-war debts were not paid, #NordStream2 is not a compensation.”

Lashing out against the Russian-German project, Morawiecki wrote: “It’s a move behind Europe’s back, an anti-EU project that may soon serve Russia’s aggressive policies. It increases EU dependency, undermines economy & safety. It’s time to stop it.”

In the newspaper interview, Steinmeier defended the pipeline, saying that “both sides must consider whether this bridge can be completely destroyed (…). How can we influence a situation that we perceive as unacceptable when we are cutting off the last links?” 

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