Lithuanian President Wants To Block Nord Stream
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
March 17, 2008
Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus has restated
his opposition to plans to build a gas pipeline linking Germany
directly to Russia under the Baltic Sea, in an interview published in Germany Monday.
The Nord Stream project, for which construction has started on the
overland section in Russia, was "absolutely unacceptable" from an
environmental standpoint, Adamkus told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung.
He also queried the economic viability of the project, saying
there were cheaper and safer overland alternatives to pipe gas from
the Yuzhno-Russkoye field to Vyborg on the coast, then under the sea
to Greifswald in northern Germany.
Adamkus said that if Germany and Russia could be induced to change
their minds, "we would achieve something positive for all on the
The outspoken Lithuanian president was particularly critical of
former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, accusing him of
conducting negotiations in secrecy with the Russian side during his
chancellorship, which ended in the autumn of 2005.
This contradicted the spirit of the European Union, Adamkus said,
adding that there had been a marked shift for the better under
Schroeder's successor, Angela Merkel.
The Nord Stream deal was agreed in the weeks before Schroeder
stepped down in November 2005 after losing the September elections.
Schroeder subsequently accepted a post with Nord Stream, in which the
state-owned Russian gas monopoly Gazprom owns a majority stake.
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