Central & Eastern EU PMs post objection to Nord Stream 2

Eight EU governments have signed a letter objecting to the Nord Stream 2 project that would double the amount of gas shipped directly from Russia to Germany, according to a document seen by Reuters.The letter, addressed to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, reignites a debate that has pitched dominant EU member Germany against central and eastern European nations.
If the project goes ahead, Nord Stream-2 would generate “potentially destabilising geopolitical consequences”, the letter says. The European Commission said it could not confirm receipt of the letter.
“The Nord Stream-2 project that is currently under preparation can pose certain risks for energy security in the region of central and eastern Europe,” says the letter, which is signed by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Romania and the president of Lithuania.”It would strongly influence gas market development and gas transit patterns in the region, most notably the transit route via Ukraine.”
Gazprom already sends gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea via the Nord Stream pipelines. The new proposal would add a second twin subsea pipeline from Russia to Germany, doubling annual capacity to 110 billion cubic metres.

Source: reuters
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