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SECURITY 12 July, 2018 8:00 am   
Editorial staff

Energy in a news release from the NATO summit in Brussels. An allusion to Nord Stream 2?

A news release from the North Atlantic Alliance summit in Brussels from 11-12 July included a record on energy security. One can also find allusion to Nord Stream 2.

Point 78 of the NATO news release from Brussels refers to energy security. – It plays an important role for our joint security – states NATO. – Stable and reliable supply of raw materials, diversification of routes and suppliers, as well as connecting electricity networks are critically important and increase our resilience to political and economic pressure.

Poland, the United States and other critics consider the Nord Stream 2 project from Russia to Germany for the tool of such pressure. Germany considers it a purely economic enterprise. According to Warsaw and Washington, it will have negative political consequences.

– Although these matters are mainly the responsibility of national authorities, developments in the energy sector can have significant political and security implications for the Allies, also affecting our partners – said the NATO states. – As a consequence, we will continue regular consultations on issues related to energy security. We believe that this is crucial to ensure that the members of the Alliance will not be sensitive to political and hostile manipulation with the use of energy, which is a potential threat – we read in the communiqué.

– For this reason, the Allies will continue to strive to diversify the supply of energy resources according to their needs and conditions – the authors of the document conclude. Further on, NATO confirms the declarations of the communication adopted at the previous summit in Warsaw. They inform that they still want to defend critical infrastructure in the energy industry of the Member States and support them in this respect in accordance with the “established rules and guidelines”. They will also continue to cooperate with the International Energy Agency, the Renewable Energy Agency and the European Union.