Gerhard Schröder (right) together with Vattenfall's CEO Lars Josefsson in Gothenburg
Nord Stream

Schröder Expects Swedish Approval of Pipeline

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder expects Sweden to approve the planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, crossing Swedish waters. Speaking in Gothenburg, Schröder – who now is head of the board of pipeline builders Nord Stream – rejected Swedish fears that the pipeline could pose a threat to Sweden’s national security.

Russia would not send troops to protect the pipeline, Schröder told news agency TT. Referring to Swedish fears the pipeline could harm the environment, the former German chancellor expressed his sympathy, adding that Nord Stream has already paid $US 130 million to evaluate environmental risks. The Swedish government is expected to decide about giving its approval of the pipeline later this year. Nord Stream intends to begin the gas supply in September 2011. (ah)

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