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Poland: Germany's Gabriel reveals Berlin-Warsaw split over Russian Nord Stream II role02:51

Poland: Germany's Gabriel reveals Berlin-Warsaw split over Russian Nord Stream II role

Poland, Warsaw
January 29, 2016 at 15:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave a joint press conference with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki following their meeting in Warsaw, Friday. The Nord Stream II gas delivery project and relations with Russia were on the agenda of the meeting.

Gabriel stated that Poland and Germany have differing views on the gas pipeline, which is led by Russian giant Gazprom. "We have differing political views on Nord Stream II. For Germany it is definitely an economic issue ... and for Poland it is, strongly, a political matter," he said. "We need a better gas network within the European gas supply [system]; I think that is the question on which we share common ground. However, regarding Russia's role we have differing opinions," the German minister stressed.

Moreover, Gabriel said Nord Stream II would only be "achievable" if the Yamal-Europe pipeline as well as transit routes through Ukraine remain operational and "secure" beyond 2019.

Commenting on the issue of borders and migration, the German vice-chancellor stated that "secure borders are an important requirement for open borders in the Schengen Area," adding, however, that "everyone in Europe is interested in the existence of Schengen in the future."

Poland: Germany's Gabriel reveals Berlin-Warsaw split over Russian Nord Stream II role02:51
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German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave a joint press conference with Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki following their meeting in Warsaw, Friday. The Nord Stream II gas delivery project and relations with Russia were on the agenda of the meeting.

Gabriel stated that Poland and Germany have differing views on the gas pipeline, which is led by Russian giant Gazprom. "We have differing political views on Nord Stream II. For Germany it is definitely an economic issue ... and for Poland it is, strongly, a political matter," he said. "We need a better gas network within the European gas supply [system]; I think that is the question on which we share common ground. However, regarding Russia's role we have differing opinions," the German minister stressed.

Moreover, Gabriel said Nord Stream II would only be "achievable" if the Yamal-Europe pipeline as well as transit routes through Ukraine remain operational and "secure" beyond 2019.

Commenting on the issue of borders and migration, the German vice-chancellor stated that "secure borders are an important requirement for open borders in the Schengen Area," adding, however, that "everyone in Europe is interested in the existence of Schengen in the future."