Archive for February, 2019

MIKE POMPEO OPPOSES RUSSIAN ENERGY PIPELINE IN THE BALTIC SEA

February 13, 2019

Washington Free Beacon on February 12, 2019, reported on Mike Pompeo, joining with Poland in opposing the Russian energy pipeline Nord Stram 2. He said that the pipeline was a national security threat. Excerpts below:

Pompeo had arrived in Warsaw to [lead] a ….forum on the Middle East and, in particular, Iran’s increasingly provocative moves in the region, with dozens of international leaders….

As Pompeo in the coming days addresses issues ranging from Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear technology to the issue of bolstering NATO allies, it is more than likely the issue of Nord Stream 2 will be at the forefront of the conversation, both in official and unofficial channels.

“Like Poland, the United States continues to oppose strongly the implementation of Russia’s proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” the State Department informed reporters…as Pompeo touched down in Warsaw to kick off the meetings.
Pompeo lauded Poland for its stance opposing the Russian pipeline, both in public comments and through State Department officials.

“We congratulate Poland for its impressive efforts to expand and diversify its sources of energy, including by investing in infrastructure such as a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in northwestern Poland, where the first U.S. shipment arrived in June 2017,” the State Department said. “There is enormous potential for greater energy cooperation between Poland and the United States, including in renewables and nuclear power.”

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, following private meetings with Pompeo february 11, appeared convinced by the administration’s position.

“When it comes to Russia, I told the secretary as well that there’s an enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena in this regard,” Szijjarto said during a joint press conference Monday. “Because look, it’s not the Hungarian and it’s not the Central European energy companies which are preparing and building Nord Stream 2 together with Gazprom. It was not the Hungarian prime minister to be invited as a superstar at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, but it was the French president. It was not the leaders of the Hungarian energy companies to sit together on the stage with President Putin on the last Russian energy week, but the CEOs of the biggest Western European energy companies.”

“Look at the trade figures,” he said. “Look at the trade figures between the Western European countries and Russia, and you will see that we are, let’s say, fed up in a legitimate way that you usually portray us as having a tight relationship to Russia.”

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