Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Shimon Shinkovsky Vel Senk compared the Nord Stream gas pipeline with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.The Soviet-German non-aggression pact, often referred to as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact after the names of its signatories, the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the USSR and Germany, was signed on August 23, 1939 in Moscow. Warsaw sees the treaty as a document fixing the spheres of influence in Europe and the actual division of Poland.On Polish television, Shinkovsky recalled that 10 years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin was present in Poland at commemorative events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. At the same time, the Russian delegation was not invited to the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, while at the same time inviting allies in the EU, NATO, the Eastern Partnership, including Germany.According to the deputy head of the Polish Foreign Ministry, the previous Polish government “had false hopes” in relations with the Russian Federation.”It’s hard not to have that impression if President Putin came here, made a speech in which … he pointed out the critical attitude of Russia towards the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and later the construction of a gas pipeline could begin that could remind such a connotation,” he said.”The Nord Stream gas pipeline, bypassing the Baltic countries, bypassing Poland. This is such an agreement between Russia and Germany to the detriment not only of these states, but also of Europe,” Shinkovsky said.At the same time, he still hopes for US assistance in hindering the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two pipelines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be built next to the existing Nord Stream. It will pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of countries located along the shores of the Baltic Sea – the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Of these countries, the operator of Nord Stream-2 is left to obtain a building permit only from Denmark.A number of countries oppose the implementation of the project, in particular Ukraine, which fears losing revenue from the transit of Russian gas, and the United States, which have ambitious plans to export its liquefied natural gas to Europe. The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the Nord Stream 2 project is absolutely commercial and competitive, and has indicated that it does not imply a cessation of transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU.