Contrary to the calls of Warsaw and Washington, Berlin has not made public commitments to stop the operation of the gas pipeline in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Newly elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has arrived in Warsaw for talks on the migrant crisis on the border with Belarus, the independence of the judiciary in Poland, the buildup of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine and the situation with the Russian “Nord Stream-2” gas pipeline.
Although Scholz stated his desire to preserve good relations between Germany and Poland for many years to come, the leaders of the two countries expressed unequivocal expectations from each other.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he would urge Scholz to oppose “Nord Stream-2,” which is supposed to deliver Russian gas to Germany bypassing Ukraine. According to Morawiecki, Russia may use the gas pipeline against Europe as a means of political pressure.
In turn, Germany supported Poland’s efforts to stop the flow of migrants trying to enter the country from Belarus. Berlin said it would help Warsaw and Brussels in resolving this crisis.
The Polish judicial system, however, remains one of the reasons for disagreement.
The European Court of Justice fined Poland, finding that the judicial reforms carried out by the right-wing Law and Justice party violate EU law.
Poland refused to pay the fine, and its highest court ruled that national legislation takes precedence over EU rules.
The new German government, sworn in on Wednesday, despite the demands of Poland and the United States, has not made public commitments to stop the work of “Nord Stream-2” in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. officials have told members of Congress that they have reached an understanding with Germany about stopping the gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine, a senior U.S. congressional official said on Tuesday.
German officials have not confirmed these reports, but Scholz on Wednesday warned of consequences if Russia violates the border of Ukraine, and this position was confirmed on Sunday by representatives of the “Big Seven.”