Polish Official: Growing Nord Stream Costs Worry Moscow
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
January 23, 2008
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on
Wednesday said he hopes to dissuade Russia and Germany from building
a Baltic Sea pipeline, saying he surmised concern in Moscow over the
growing costs of the project.
Speaking in an interview on the Polish radio broadcaster TOK FM,
Sikorski said "this is creating perhaps room for a change of
standpoint on the Russian-German side."
The Polish minister was in Moscow on Monday preparing for an
official visit by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on February 8.
Tusk is to travel to the Russia capital "armed with solid
information" over the energy question, Sikorski said.
The Baltic pipeline is planned to deliver natural gas from Russia
to Germany. According to Burckhard Bergmann, chairman of the Germany
energy firm E.ON, the project has become more expensive than the
originally forecast five billion euros (US$7.2 billion).
Poland sees a strategic threat in the project - which bypasses
Polish territory - with Warsaw fearing being dependent on energy from
According to Sikorski, Poland's Economy Ministry considers other
routes for the pipeline to be more advantageous. The project Amber
which passes overland to Germany through the Baltic states and Poland
would be cheaper and more profitable, Sikorski suggested.
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