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    Poland announced it was unwilling to extend a long-term contract with Gazprom after its expiration and once again declared its readiness to diversify gas supplies. Russian expert and President of the Institute of Energy and Finance Vladimir Feigin told Sputnik that in this way Poland seeks to bargain more beneficial supply conditions in advance.

    The Polish state-owned oil and gas company PGNiG said it was ready to complete a long-term contract with Gazprom, which expires in 2022, and to diversify the sources of its gas supplies, Polish media reported.

    Earlier, representative of the Polish government Petr Naimsky said that his country is unlikely to extend the contract with the Russian energy company.

    "This is a start of bargaining. Poland wants to show that it has an alternative. This is a natural behavior for the Polish buyer, and they have done it before more than once," the expert told Sputnik.

    According to Feigin, Polish activities go far beyond the contract with Gazprom. Poland has always been critical of Russia's plan to implement new energy projects and opposed Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 plan from the very beginning.

    "At one time, Poland was against the "Nord Stream" project, because they wanted the gas to flow through their territory. Then they opposed the second line of "Yamal-Europe" and prohibited its construction. Now they are against Nord Stream-2. That is, they seek to show that they have alternatives, serious opportunities," the expert concluded.

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    On Tuesday, Alexander Medvedev, the deputy chairman of the firm's management committee, said that Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project meets all EU standards and could only be scrapped for political reasons.

    The planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to be able to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union, carrying it across the Baltic Sea to Germany while bypassing Ukraine. The launch of the pipeline is planned for 2018.

    A number of EU countries, notably Germany and Austria, have been supportive of the gas project but others, including Poland and the Baltics, argued it would increase energy dependence on Russia.

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    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      Poland like to be 3 X more clever than any one ... but end up 3 X more dumb !!!!
    • avatar
      Andrew J
      Let Poland buy american gas.
    • avatar
      ViTran
      Good ... Enough hot air generated by Pollacks to fuel the whole planet 10 times over
    • avatar
      Glamoureus
      Poland says Northstream makes EU depend on Russian Gas.

      Todays infrastructure makes EU dependend on Russia, Baltics, Ukraine and Poland.

      EU should really be worried about Polish idiots.
    • siberianhusky
      Love this. The whole of Europe being held hostage by a pea brain nation that is dumb as a post. Do you really want a bunch of nuts like them to be a partner in the EU?
    • avatar
      michael
      Gazprom could always simply walk away from the deal and the poles would need to source another (more expensive) supply. I can just see it now, us gas ships in a constant stream to polish ports.
    • avatar
      Ruscino
      Ha ha we all saw where the Polish fracking boom for gas went ??
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