Green politics enter Baltic pipeline dispute

The presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have warned of catastrophic environmental consequences if a gas pipeline is built under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany. The three Baltic states and another EU member, Poland, are staunchly opposed to the plan, fearing economic and political marginalisation if the pipeline bybasses their territory. In a joint press conference on 3 November, the presidents warned of the thousands of tonnes of dumped chemical weapons still lying on the Baltic seabed, which could be disturbed and released by the pipeline (EED 16/09/04). See press release.

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