Poland, Denmark plan new gas pipeline to diversify energy

The Associated Press

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, left, and his host, Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo shake hands before talks, before Szydlo's office in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, April 18, 2016. Their talks will focus on a Baltic Pipeline that is to supply Poland with gas from Scandinavia, about European security and policy toward Russia and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says a new gas pipeline with Denmark will help diversify the nation's energy sources and curb their prices.

Beata Szydlo spoke Monday after talks with Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen that involved energy, European security and foreign policy. Both leaders pledged support for efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine.

Szydlo said a planned Baltic Pipe with Denmark would link Poland to gas from Norway and increase the security of its energy supplies, which are now dependent on imports from Russia. Poland is seeking to reduce that dependence because Moscow tends to use gas exports and price as political tools.

The project has European Union backing and financial support. A feasibility plan should be ready by the end of this year.

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