‘Russian-German loop tightening’ in Warsaw, Polish Journo says as Baltic pipeline suffers setback
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Earlier this week, the Danish Food and Environment Complaints Council rejected a previously issued permit for the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline project over environmental concerns.
The recent decision by a Danish environmental organization to stop the Baltic Sea pipeline project poses “a huge problem” in Warsaw, Polish journalist Jacek Liziniewicz said in an interview with Polskie Radio on Friday.
“Without deliveries of the Baltic Pipe, we will become Russia’s petitioner again,” said Liziniewicz, adding that Germany was also interested in seeing Poland in hot water. According to him, “the Russo-German loop” continues to tighten in Warsaw.
Another Polish journalist, Agnieszka Siewieruk-Maciorowska, claimed in a separate interview with Polskie Radio that developments related to Baltic Pipe endanger Poland’s energy security and that Russia and Germany seeking to dominate the world are ” an obvious fact ”.
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The land is cleared and pipes are being prepared for the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline at Houstrup Strand, near Noerre Nebel, Jutland, Denmark on February 23, 2021
Polish political analyst Piotr Cywinski, for his part, told the news channel that US President Joe Biden would seek to bring his country closer to Russia and Germany.
With POTUS earlier removing the sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, “the whole international system is changing,” Cywinski said.
He separately referred to what he described as “powerful lobbies working for Russia and Germany”, something that Poland has to “deal with”.
Baltic pipeline construction comes to a halt
The remarks come days after the Danish Food and Environment Complaints Council revoked a previously issued permit for the Baltic Pipe project, citing the need to assess the impact on habitats of protected species of mouse and bats. The project was approved by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency in July 2019.
Polish gas operator GAZ-System, meanwhile, said it was continuing construction of the Baltic Pipe despite a decision by the Danish Environment and Food Appeals Board to revoke the permit for the project.
“GAZ-System informs that the construction works of the Baltic Pipe project, which the company is in charge of, are taking place both on land and in the Baltic Sea, without fail and are proceeding according to schedule,” the company said. in a report.
Baltic Pipe is a Polish-Danish project estimated at 1.7 billion euros ($ 2 billion) for the construction of a gas pipeline scheduled for completion in 2022. GAZ-System, which is expected to cover half of the aforementioned sum, previously declared its intention to import a large amount of gas through the pipeline when a Russian gas supply contract expires in 2022.
Nord Stream 2’s first line ready, says Putin
The latest developments come as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday that construction of the first line of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed and Russian energy giant Gazprom is ready to begin gas supply. Meanwhile, construction of the second line is underway, the president added during a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
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Pipeline laying vessel Fortuna in the port of the German city of Wismar. Gazprom plans to resume construction of Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters
The Russian-led gas project, which is currently over 95% complete, aims to lay a 745-mile double pipeline to transport gas from Russia directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, passing through territorial waters from Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
The United States initiated sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in 2019, prompting the Swiss pipeline company Allseas to withdraw from the project. After a one-year hiatus, construction resumed in December 2020 by the Russian pipelayer Fortuna, which was joined by another pipelayer Akademik Cherskiy at the end of April.
Last month, the Biden administration lifted sanctions against the project operator, Swiss company Nord Stream 2 AG and its managing director, Matthias Warnig, before imposing restrictive measures on 13 Russian ships and three related entities. to the construction of the gas pipeline.