Polish PM to meet US energy secretary
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was on Thursday set to hold talks with visiting US Energy Secretary Rick Perry amid efforts to diversify energy supplies.
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The meeting in Warsaw was expected to focus on “prospects of bilateral cooperation, including as part of the Poland-US Strategic Dialogue on Energy,” according to the Polish Prime Minister’s Office.
The two were also expected to discuss deepening economic cooperation and expanding deliveries of American LNG to Poland, the Polish Prime Minister’s Office has said on its website.
Perry was scheduled to visit Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic this week as the US administration seeks to offer Poland and other countries in its region alternatives to buying coal and gas from Russia, the US Department of Energy has said in a statement.
During his trip, Perry aims to build on efforts to “elevate American energy partnerships in the region” and expand energy cooperation between the United States and its European allies, according to the US embassy in Warsaw.
Polish state-run gas company PGNiG last month said it had finalised an unprecedented long-term deal for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States amid efforts to make Poland independent of Russian supplies.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters in Warsaw at the time that the deal, which is due to take full effect in 2022, would help reduce his country's dependence on Russian gas deliveries.
US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said in a Polish-language tweet that the contract marked a milestone in deepening energy cooperation between the United States and Poland and in strengthening energy security in Europe.
Source: premier.gov.pl, pl.usembassy.gov