"I am grateful to Poland for its clear support of Ukraine's position regarding European Commission's decision to allow Gazprom to to expand circulation of gas through the Opal gas pipeline… We are deliberately condemning these decisions, and we have agreed to coordinate our steps to prevent implementation of these decisions," Poroshenko said after a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
The Opal pipeline connects the Nord Stream pipeline with Europe’s gas transportation network. However, European restrictions permit Russian energy giant Gazprom only 50 percent of the pipeline for Russian natural gas to be delivered across Germany to the Czech Republic. The restrictions are outlined in the European Union’s Third Energy Package that reserves the other half for independent gas suppliers.
Russia is engaged in constructing the Nord Stream-2 pipeline that aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine.