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Concern Over Baltic Pipeline Project

Published tisdag 14 november 2006 kl 11.37

The Swedish government is concerned that a planned Russian pipeline under the Baltic could have serious consequences for Swedish security.

The Nord Stream pipeline is to deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. It will pass through the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic, and a maintenance platform is to be built just 40 kilometers off the island of Gotland.

An unidentified knowledgeable source tells the newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” that this means a Russian island just outside Swedish territory, guarded by Russian soldiers and ideally placed for espionage.

A Swedish intelligence officer tells the newspaper that the pipeline can be used to place a chain of sonar microphones, which would allow Russia to follow the movements of shipping, providing it with an early warning defence system in the Baltic.

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