Seeking gas, Zelensky slams Nord Stream 2

Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday slammed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a "threat" to Europe and welcomed moves by Kiev to tap into US gas supplies, news wires reported. He made the comments beside Poland's President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, where he was due to attend Sunday ceremonies marking 80 years since the outbreak of World War II.

“We hold the same position as Poland: Nord Stream 2 is unacceptable and it threatens Europe as a whole," Zelensky told reporters. “We want the diversification of sources of energy delivery within the US, Poland and Ukraine triangle," he added.

The US, Poland and Ukraine agreed later on Saturday in Warsaw to beef up cooperation aimed at securing energy supplies in the region reliant on Russian deliveries. The agreement is largely focused on gearing Ukraine's gas infrastructure to deliveries from the West, including US liquefied natural gas (LNG). It was signed by visiting US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk and Piotr Naimski, the Polish government's chief energy strategist.

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