Zelensky to Duda on Nord Stream 2: “Trap for the whole of Europe”
The two leaders agreed on further steps to counter the Russian gas pipeline project.REUTERS
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have discussed by phone the issues of energy security in Europe, including the Nord Stream 2 project.
“This project is, in fact, a trap for the whole of Europe. It cannot be allowed. Further boosting of sanctions against this project is a guarantee of Europe’s energy security,” Zelensky told Duda, according to the Ukrainian president’s press service.
The leaders coordinated steps to further oppose the Nord Stream 2 project and agreed to involve the international community in this process as much as possible, it said.
Duda agreed with Zelensky that every effort should be made to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The two presidents also discussed measures taken in Ukraine and Poland in the context of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Zelensky informed Duda on the arrival of the first batch of the Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine for the immediate launch of a vaccination campaign in Ukraine.
Zelensky thanked Duda for the initiative to provide Ukraine with 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca, which Poland plans to receive as part of joint EU procurements. The Ukrainian president stressed that this step is a strong signal of solidarity with Ukraine, and expressed the hope that Ukraine will be able to receive that vaccine in March, after the preparation and conclusion of relevant contracts.
A separate topic was the discussion of a number of infrastructure projects near the border between Ukraine and Poland. In particular, the construction and repair of roads and modernization of checkpoints.
The parties agreed to continue an active political dialogue this year, paying special attention to the economic component and the implementation of joint projects.
Zelensky invited Duda to visit Ukraine and personally take part in events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, as well as in the Crimean Platform Summit.