The sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines delivering Russian gas to Europe was a good thing, Polish President Andrzej Duda told CNN on Wednesday. The destruction of the pipelines freed the continent from Russia’s “dominance” plans, the Polish leader claimed, adding that it ended the European nation’s dependence on Russian gas.
His words came in light of some recent media reports stating that some pro-Ukrainian forces might have been behind the attack on the pipeline, which took place in September 2022. Duda said he could not confirm if it was a pro-Ukrainian act or not, but noted that if Nord Stream ceased “to exist,” it would be “beneficial” for Europe anyway.
Poland was one of the major opponents of the gas pipeline project and even lobbied for it to be dismantled in August 2022, roughly a month before the attack. Duda also called the project part of Europe’s appeasement strategy in relations with Russia.