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Poland to host mid-May energy summit

Poland will host an energy summit in May focusing on the planned Odessa-Gdansk pipeline which aims to pump Caspian crude oil into Poland and its western European Union partners.

On a trip to the oil-rich central Asian republic of Azerbaijan, President Lech Kaczynski said „the Warsaw summit would go ahead, even if President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev does not show up.” Polish PAP news agency reported. Polish media reports indicate that although Nazarbayev has accepted the invitation to Warsaw, he has expressed impatience over years of debate on the duct which has seen little action. Kaczynski has invited the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to the May summit in the Polish capital Warsaw. Following talks with Kaczynski in the Kazakh capital Astana, President Nazarbayev insisted Russia must be included in the scheme.

President Nazarbayev admitted his oil-rich country is interested in joining the pipeline project and was quoted as saying „An ice-free port in Gdansk would be of benefit to us.” The Odessa-Brody-Gdansk enterprise, estimated at around €500 million, has been designed to boost energy security through a diversification of supply easing EU states heavy fuel reliance on Russia. It is aimed at piping Caspian crude to the Polish Baltic Sea port city of Gdansk from where it could be shipped to Germany and other EU countries, Kazinform refers to PRESS TV, Iran. (