US Energy Secretary Rick Perry today urged Europeans to "present more opposition" to the construction of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, a project that, in his opinion, "does not respond to economic interests but politicians".
"There is a need for constant opposition to the Nord Stream II gas pipeline," Perry told a news conference in Warsaw, adding that by building such infrastructure within Europe, Russia has "a better chance to influence Europe."
USA has repeatedly reiterated its opposition to this project, which has already begun to be built, as it considers that it undermines Europe's security and energy stability, while at the same time giving Russia yet another tool to politicize the European energy sector.
The Russian project Nord Stream II aims to deploy a pipeline under the Baltic Sea to transport gas directly from Russia to Germany, thus avoiding crossing other countries such as Poland, where this gas pipeline has been compared with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact of 1939 between Nazis and Soviet
The Baltic countries, the Scandinavians and a large part of the EU partners in Eastern Europe have criticized this project, which the European Commission (EC) has considered harmful to the interests of the EU.
In addition to the Russian gas company Gazprom, five European energy companies participate in the project: the Austrian OMV, the German companies BASF-Wintershall and Uniper, the French Engie and the British-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell.
Perry traveled yesterday to Warsaw, where he attended with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, the signing of a contract between the Polish state gas company PGNIG, the largest in the sector in the country, and the US supplier Cheniere, which will allow Poland to receive natural gas liquefied (LNG) from the United States during the next 24 years.
The PNG will be received at the liquefied gas terminal in Swinoujscie, on the Polish Baltic Sea coast, and will help Poland to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on imports of Russian natural gas, which until now account for the vast majority of fuel that imports the Central European country.
Perry also signed an agreement in Warsaw with the Polish government to deepen ties in energy cooperation between the two countries.