Polish Foreign Minister Urges Germany to Tackle Ukraine’s ‘Security Void’ After Nord Stream 2 Launch

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Last month, Russia underscored that it does not seek to suspend gas transit via Ukraine after the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has urged Germany help Ukraine compensate for what he described as a “security deficit”, which he claimed would occur after the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is put into operation.

The top Polish diplomat made the remarks in an article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that was republished by Poland’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

He asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “did not bear the immense cost of building NS2 in order not to use this instrument”.

According to Rau, this underscores “the necessity of strengthening the deterrent potential of both NATO’s eastern flank and Ukraine, which […] should receive a suitably high compensation both in the form of political support and increased defence potential”.

The minister signalled Poland’s readiness “to do its part to make up these security deficits”.

No Suspension of Gas Transit Via Ukraine After Nord Stream 2 Launch, Moscow Says

Rau’s claims come after the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Economic Cooperation, Dmitry Birichevsky, emphasised in late May that Russian gas supplies through Ukraine will continue as long as relevant contracts are in force, as Moscow isn’t pursuing the goal of suspending the supplies after…

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