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Russian Nuclear Waste - Reinfeldt "We Know Nothing"

Published torsdag 4 februari 2010 kl 20.18
Reinfeldt is demanding answers

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has asked for explanations from a previous government on Russia's alleged release of toxic waste into Swedish waters in the Baltic sea over 15 years ago, a secret unearthed by Swedish public service televsion SVT.

SVT reported on Wednesday that Russia dumped chemical weapons and radioactive waste off the shores of Gotland between 1991 and 1994.

Reinfeldt's spokeswoman told the press that he "didn't know about the issue."

"This is new information for the (current) government. What we are saying is that questions should be directed to the previous governments," the spokesperson said.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt who was prime minister of the Moderate led government between 1991 and 1994, also stated that he knew nothing and demanded a response from the Social Democrats.

Sven Olof Pettersson, a political advisor to the murdered former Social Democrat foreign minister Anna Lindh, told SVT that Lindh knew about the dumping and tried in vain for a public inquiry.

Later on Thursday, SVT reported that prosecutor Mats Palm is now investigating their claims.

Swedish secret service agent Donald Forsberg holds that the Russians unloaded the chemicals near the island of Gotland between the years 1989 and 1992. "They just sailed out at night and dumped in two areas," he told the television programme.

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