The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline creates a security deficit, forcing us into political consolidation, Polish Ambassador to Ukraine in Kyiv, Bartosz Cichocki said. Photo: Bartosz Cichocki/twitter.com/B_Cichocki

By Annie Cook

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline creates a security deficit, forcing us into political consolidation, Polish Ambassador to Ukraine in Kyiv, Bartosz Cichocki said, as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Speaking at the Ukrainian Central European Forum conference, Cichocki stressed that the situation in the region is deteriorating. In that context, he mentioned the summit of the US and Russian presidents in Geneva, the US-German statement on NS2, the completion of the gas pipeline as well as the situation in Afghanistan and Belarus, writes Interfax-Ukraine.

“From our point of view, these bad dynamics should consolidate us. The region should strengthen itself, stand united… The countries of our region in one way or another are victims of this bad dynamic. We should find together an answer to these challenges and these threats,” continued the Polish diplomat.

The ambassador noted that Poland and Ukraine expect real guarantees of gas transit through Ukraine, the agency writes. “We understand that Nord Stream 2 creates a deficit in the sphere of security and this should be compensated for, but it also forces us to consolidate politically,” he remarked.

Cichocki is pushing for the creation of a new diplomatic format, Interfax-Ukraine reports. “There is the G7 format. (G7 member states) are doing a lot for reforms in Ukraine, and the C8 diplomatic format in Kiev is another option to consider: ambassadors of the Baltic countries, the Visegrad Group, Romania,”  the ambassador suggested. He added that he would suggest leading Ukrainian politicians to meet not only with the ambassadors of the G7, but also with the ambassadors of the countries of the format he proposed.