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Baltic Sea

Russian Navy Chief Denies Waste Dump

Published fredag 5 februari 2010 kl 17.01

The former commander of the Russian navy's Baltic fleet on Friday denied Swedish media reports claiming that Russia dumped radioactive and chemical waste into Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s. Speaking to the Interfax news agency, Admiral Vladimir Yegorov, who commanded the Baltic fleet from 1991 to 2000, said that "this is complete nonsense and a clear provocation, propagated at an international level."

Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday called for the previous Social Democratic governments to explain a report by public service Swedish Television (SVT) that Russia dumped chemical weapons and radioactive waste off the shores of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. According to the SVT report which was aired Wednesday, the waste dumped in Swedish waters between 1991 and 1994 came from the giant Karosta naval base in the Latvian port city of Liepaja.

But Russian Admiral Vladimir Yegorov insists that "the naval forces that were pulling out of the Liepaja naval base in Latvia in the early 1990s did not have chemical weapons, radioactive materials and waste." He added that the Russian naval forces were monitored by Latvia as they pulled out of the port and that the naval command acted "strictly within the framework of Russian and Latvian agreements."

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