On Monday, the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) adopted a critical report on the German-Russian offshore gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, one that, according to the MEPs, poses a threat to the EU.
The report shows that Nord Stream 2 increases the EU’s dependency on Russian gas, threatens the EU’s internal market and is incongruent with the EU energy policies.
Russia’s violation of the Baltic Sea’s airspace and territorial waters, and also the Kaliningrad Region’s militarization was severely condemned in the report. The document “condemns the Russian pressure on Belarus designed to compel it to relinquish its independence.”
The report also highlightes last years’ intensification of “hostile Russian espionage that reached the level unwitnessed since the Cold War.” The MEPs who authored the report stressed that Russia has no veto right with regard to the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the European nations.
“Nearly four years ago I was a co-author of the latest document on EU-Russian relations. Alas, the therein outlined threats became today’s reality. In my opinion, the West should not confine itself to stopping further Russian aggression and force Russia to cover the cost of its hitherto aggressive activities, to go back to the status quo from before its aggression against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea,” said the report’s shadow rapporteur Anna Fotyga, adding that “without a decisive reaction we will not stop Kremlin’s offensive.”
Anna Fotyga, who is also the ruling Law and Justice party’s MEP, the head of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) and a member of the AFET, said that in terms of concrete actions towards Russia the EU lags behind the US who much more decisively play the leader’s role in opposing Russian imperialism both militarily, economically and politically.
“I rejoice at the fact that the report stresses that Russia cannot be treated as ‘a strategic partner’. We managed to introduce provisions [into the report] that stress the need to block Nord Stream 2, recognise the threats entailed by the militarization of the Kaliningrad Region and the condemnation of the Soviet crimes,” said Ms Fotyga, referring to, among others, the Katyń Massacre that saw a mass executions of 22,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union in 1940.
The report will be discussed and put to the vote on the March session of the European Parliament.