12. 07. 2018 13:19
President Andrej Kiska and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok support US President Donald Trump's critical words on Germany, which has agreed with Russia on the construction of the controversial North Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The two Slovak representatives shared the concerns with the claims that the construction will contribute to energy diversification on Wednesday in Brussels within the NATO summit.
Nord Stream 2 should transport natural gas from Russia to Northern Germany across the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.
The US president warned before the summit that Germany is entering into extensive oil and gas deals with Russia at a time when it's necessary to be on guard against Russia.
Trump said on Tuesday that the agreement to build North Stream 2 was inappropriate adding that:
"Not only Trump but also Slovakia has reservations about Nord Stream 2. We don't consider this project to be in line with the principles we have in the European Union, namely the building of an energy union," said Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok. He explained that the Slovak Government does not see any benefit in the project with regard to the reduction of dependence on a single gas supply route. On the contrary, he sees the exactly opposite effect there.
Kiska pointed out that the role of countries such as Slovakia is to find alternative routes for gas supplies so that they are not dependent solely on Russia, adding that, "Nord Stream 2 is nothing but a strengthening of the dependence on Russian natural gas, with the existing capacity of Nord Stream 1 and the Druzhba pipeline being used at less than 50 percent, so we automatically ask why Nord Stream 2 is needed."