Polish and Ukrainian foreign ministers call on Joe Biden to stop Nord Stream 2

Polish and Ukrainian foreign ministers Zbigniew Rau and Dmytro Kuleba have called on US President Joe Biden to use "all means at his disposal" to prevent the completion of Nord Stream 2.

Referring to Russia's "weaponisation" of energy supply, the ministers claim that Europe's dependence on energy supply, particularly natural gas, is being exploited by the Kremlin in order to "if not reverse, then at least to seriously disrupt" the process by which former Soviet states have integrated themselves into a free and democratic west.

A decade after launching Nord Stream 1, Russia is dangerously close to completing the twin pipeline, Nord Stream 2. Regrettably, Russia was allowed to advance this far with the project even as it continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, showing blatant disregard for international law.

Zbigniew Rau and Dmytro Kuleba.

Nord Stream 2, they argue, would strengthen Russia's grip on Europe’s gas supply and "untether Ukraine from the rest of Europe."

At the recent Munich Security Conference, Biden warned that Vladimir Putin "seeks to weaken the European project and our NATO alliance. He wants to undermine transatlantic unity and our resolve because it’s so much easier for the Kremlin to bully and threaten individual states.”

Whilst he expressed support for Ukraine, he failed to mention Nord Stream 2.

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