Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the President of Poland’s ruling party Law and Justice, has announced that Warsaw will seek the construction of a ship channel, which will pass near the Russian border, The Telegraph reports.
The Polish authorities are planning to dig a sea channel through a narrow strip of land that divides the Vistula Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. To date, the Polish ships leaving the lagoon from the port of Elblag, have to pass through Russian territorial waters to reach the open sea.
Mr. Kaczynski, an influential Polish politician, said that the construction of the canal would mean the elimination of the last traces of Russia's influence on Poland.
“It is important for Poland’s status,” he said in a radio interview. “In the end, Poland needs to shed the last traces of being a dependent state. We need to show that the times Russia dictated what we could or not do on our territory are over,” he said on air.
Meanwhile, Russia has filed a complaint to the European Commission about Poland's plans to build a canal. Moscow expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that no relevant consultations were held with the Russian side, pointing to the threat that the construction of the sea channel poses to the environment of the lagoon.