We are against Nord Stream 2: Polish and Lithuanian presidents

The Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday that they both oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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The Lithuanian President started her two-day visit to Poland on Thursday afternoon. She was officially welcomed by Polish President Andrzej Duda in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

“We share a clear opinion with Ms President about the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. We are strongly against this investment. We believe it will make the energy security situation worse, not only in reference to Poland and Lithuania. We think that it will worsen the gas security of the EU and it will result in the evident strong dependence on one supplier,” the Polish president said.

“Our opinions about Nord Stream 2 are in line. Both sides believe that this is a political, not economic project, which will harm Europe,” Ms Grybauskaitė said.

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Military cooperation

Both presidents accepted a common declaration on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of security. They stressed that the Polish and Lithuanian armed forces should cooperate closer. “Especially by formalising the ties connecting the forces deployed around Suwałki Isthmus, concerning adequate planning and training,” the declaration states.

Poland and Lithuania also want to work on ensuring the permanent presence of the US Army in Europe. Moreover, both leaders declared continuing political and military support for Ukraine.

A bilateral Polish-Lithuanian Defence Ministers Council has been established. It will meet at least once a year to “focus on fulfilling the targets specified in the declaration.”

Another topic discussed by both presidents was the issue of writing Polish surnames and Polish street names.

“I asked Ms President and expressed my hope that writing surnames in the original Polish version, as well as the names of Polish streets, will be possible and it will be allowed by law. There are drafts of appropriate bills, I hope the one that improves the situation of the Polish minority will be adopted and we really count on that,” President Duda said.

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“When we are together, we are strong”

Ms Grybauskaitė said that the documents, signed by the Polish and Lithuanian defence ministers, are important for both countries.

“We are together, just like we were 450 years ago in Lublin... When we are together, we are strong,” the Lithuanian president said.

She referred to the Polish-Lithuanian union from 1569 signed in Lublin, eastern Poland, creating a single, unified country, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and replacing the personal union of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.