The Swedish Wire
LAPEENRANTA (AFP) - An accident on the pipeline, that will pass Swedish waters, would be vastly less damaging than the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
Russia has accepted a Finnish proposal to place the construction and exploitation of the Nord Stream underwater pipeline, which will carry Russian gas to Europe, under surveillance, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
The 1,224-kilometre (765-mile) pipeline under the Baltic Sea has raised concerns among ecologists.
"The prime minister (Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen) has suggested that we organise the permanent surveillance of both the construction and the exploitation of this underwater pipeline," Putin said at a press conference where he was joined by his Finnish counterpart.
"We agree with this proposal."
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