Gazprom Disagrees With Poland’s Fine Over Nord Stream 2, Views It as Attempted Obstruction
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s state gas company Gazprom stated on Wednesday its disagreement with and intention to appeal the decision of Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to fine it over the Nord Stream 2 project.
“Gazprom fundamentally disagrees with the position of the Polish anti-monopoly authority UOKiK and its October 6 decision to impose a fine of about 6.5 billion euros on Gazprom”, the company said in a press release.
According to Gazprom, the Polish watchdog has accused it and the European partners of not having notified the Polish government of their intention to start a joint venture for the pipeline’s construction. The Russian gas giant emphasized that the construction was carried out not by the Nord Stream company, but by one of Gazprom’s subsidiaries with external debt financing.
Earlier in the day, the UOKiK announced fining Gazprom around $7.6 billion over Nord Stream 2. Additionally, the European partners of the projects were fined a total $61 million, with the Polish watchdog obligating them to abandon their pipeline-related financial commitments within 30 days.