Krzysztof Szczerski, the head of the Polish presidential office's international policy bureau, has stated that the White House waiving sanctions against the operator of Nord Stream 2 is "based on an erroneous assessment of reality".
Speaking to the news network Polskie Radio, Szczerski described the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as "a gas bomb placed under European integration".
"Indeed, this project will or can blow up the European Union", he asserted, expressing concern over the completion of Nord Stream 2, which he said would enable Europe to receive more gas from Russia.
The Polish presidential aide claimed that the joint operation of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 will result in "Germany's dependence on Russian [gas] supplies, which will mean Moscow's political influence on the EU's foreign policy and economy".
"Each gas pipeline has its own valve, which means that it can be closed on the Russian side. So, from the moment of the project's completion, Western Europe or the EU will have to take into account that they may lose access to the Russian gas when they deal with decision-making", Szczerski added.
The remarks followed the aide telling Polskie Radio last week that the White House's recent decision not to slap sanctions on the operator of Nord Stream 2 was "not entirely consistent".
US Scraps Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 Operator
He spoke after the Biden administration announced that it would lift sanctions on Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 AG, the Russian-led project's operator, and its chief executive Matthias Warnig, explaining the move was in Washington's national interests.
The White House press pool cited President Joe Biden as saying that US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG would be counterproductive for European relations. Shortly after, however, the US administration imposed sanctions against 13 Russian vessels and three entities linked to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The Russian-led gas project, which is currently over 90-percent complete, aims to lay a 745-mile twin pipeline to transport gas from Russia directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea, passing through the territorial waters of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
Russia views the US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 as an example of unfair competition meant to boost US LNG exports, calling the pipeline a purely economic project that should not be politicised.