Almost a third of the new Nord Stream gas pipeline has been laid across the Baltic Sea. There is however, growing opposition to the pipeline and Brussels is having difficulty figuring out how to deal with the project.
Initially, it was mainly Ukraine and Poland that objected to Russia’s plan for a second natural gas pipeline crossing the Baltic. The Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said recently that the project “will kill Ukraine.”
Once NordStream 2 is laid, Russia will be able to supply a lot more natural gas to Germany directly, and from there to other Western countries. Poland believes that when Russian gas no longer has to be exported via Ukraine, the country will no longer be guaranteed protection against further Russian aggression. According to Kay-Olaf Lang from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Warsaw also sees the NordStream 2 pipeline as a symbol “of German disloyalty towards its eastern neighbor, and of a special relationship with Russia.”