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Riksdag to debate Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Published torsdag 8 september 2016 kl 10.46
The Swedish harbour of Slite would be part of the pipeline. Photo: Gunnar Britse
The Swedish harbour of Slite would be part of the pipeline. Photo: Gunnar Britse

The Swedish parliament will debate the Nord Stream 2 pipeline today, as the opposition Christian Democrats say the Russian-German pipeline in the Baltic should be blocked, because of the invasion of Ukraine.

"Sweden has the possibility, partly based on the United Nations charter, where the ongoing war in Ukraine weights heavier than the law of the sea," says Christian Democrat Member of Parliament Mikael Oscarsson to Swedish Radio.

An application to the Ministry of Enterprise to use Sweden's economic zone in the Baltic for the pipeline is expected next week. The formal legal objections to this application could mainly be based on any damage to the environment or to fishing. Sweden approved a previous Nord Stream pipeline under the centre-right government five years ago.

The Nord Stream pipelines bypass Ukraine and Poland and allow Russian gas to be transported directly to consumers in Germany.

Christian Democrat Mikael Oscarsson says that Sweden should not allow its harbor of Slite, in the island of Gotland, to be used by the project.

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will reply to Christian Democrat Mikael Oscarsson in parliament today.

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