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Polish President Duda said he was shocked by Merkel’s call to Putin over SP-2

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked Polish leader Andrzej Duda. He stated this on August 1 in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Duda recalled that in 2021 an agreement was reached between Germany and the United States, according to which Washington refused to oppose Nord Stream 2.

“The same evening, Merkel called Putin. I was shocked,” he said.

According to the Polish leader, this move contained “an act of hostility towards Eastern Europe.”

The Polish President also expressed the opinion that relations between Warsaw and Berlin are at their worst since 1990.

Earlier, on July 29, Klaus Ernst, head of the Bundestag committee on energy and climate issues, called for the start of gas supplies from Russia to Germany via Nord Stream 2. He noted the need for negotiations with the Russian Federation, if this will contribute to the restoration of gas supply in Germany.

At the same time, Arkady Svistunov, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on the financial market, deputy from the LDPR faction, in an interview with Izvestia, compared Ernst’s call with a voice crying in the desert. He recalled that Germany had always opposed the launch of the project, but in a difficult situation, Germany began to insist that Nord Stream 2 should be launched.

Prior to this, on July 27, the heads of seven cities of the German island of Rügen wrote an appeal to the regional and federal governments with a request to put Nord Stream 2 into operation. They pointed out that the rejection of Russian energy carriers is not correct and threatens the energy security of the country.

On the same day, it became known that the flow of gas to Germany through the Nord Stream pipeline had decreased to 19.5% of the gas pipeline’s capacity.

On July 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the volume of Russian gas supplies to Europe could be increased through the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The Russian leader recalled that the freezing of the gas pipeline occurred at the initiative of the German side, since at the last moment it refused to issue certification to Nord Stream 2.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was built to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The construction was completed in 2021, but the gas pipeline was never put into operation due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia.

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