Nord Stream Wraps itself in a EU Flag
The Nord Stream pipeline project has officially replied to an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal by Alexandros Petersen.
Mr. Petersen, an international energy consultant and senior fellow with the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, has written that instead of showing European solidarity, Germany was trying to torpedo Poland's plans to build a liquefied gas terminal at the port of Swinoujscie on the Baltic Sea coast.
He stated that German opposition to the LNG terminal was linked to its involvement and self interest in the Nord Stream pipeline, by which it hopes to supply gas to Poland.
Nord Stream plans to runs it pipeline directly from Russia to Germany on the Baltic Sea bed, bypassing the Baltic states, the Nordic states and Poland.
Swinoujscie is a direct competitor to Nord Stream, as the terminal is meant to allow for the transport of gas from Qatar and sources other than Russia, on which Poland is presently dependent.
Petersen writes that Germany's position makes "EU aims for greater energy solidarity among member states begin to look laughable when its largest economy so blatantly undermines them."
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