Interfax, dd/17.06.2008, godz. 13:35: Chemical weapons on Baltic Sea floor won't impact North Stream project

Chemical weapons on Baltic Sea floor won't impact North Stream project

(Interfax, dd/17.06.2008, godz. 13:35)

The chemical weapons used in previous wars, buried on the floor of the Baltic Sea, will not impact the laying of a gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, said Viktor Kholstov, the deputy head of the Russian Federal Industry Agency.

"Russia is the main initiator of this project. The situation is being monitored with our agency participating," Kholstov said at a press briefing on the dedication of the first phase of the chemical weapons disposal facility in Leonidovka in Penza region on Tuesday.

"The monitoring is being done all along the gas pipeline route," Kholstov said.

"Gazprom has assured us that there are no problems. There are no signs pointing to anything that could complicate the project," he said.

Environmentalists and politicians in some Baltic countries earlier expressed fears that the project to lay a gas pipeline from Russia to Europe on the floor of the Baltic Sea, North Stream, was not environmentally safe for several reasons, including the stockpiles of ammunition and chemical weapons buried on the floor of the Baltic Sea after World War II.

 
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