At a press conference culminating a two-day meeting of the head of the V4 states -- Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the host of the summit, Slovakia -- Duda said the needs and concerns of countries in the European community needed to be taken into account.
He said that the V4 criticised the Nord Stream 2 pipeline which will sent Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea, bypassing the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine, because those countries "understand that this project is not of a business nature, but of a political nature which in reality is damaging to the European Union."
He added that the pipeline would threaten the energy security of Central and Eastern Europe and result in one supplier dominating the entire European Union market.
"We think that, from the point of view of the interests of the entire European Union, that this is detrimental, and we say so strongly. But as it turns out, ours is a voice calling out in the woods and the investment is going ahead against the interests of part of the European Union countries. Is this really acting as a community? Well, I think that anyone who looks at it will say that no, that is not how a community works," Duda added. (vb)
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