A crane lifting a pipe onto a nearby cargo ship.
Pipes to be used in the Nord Stream 2 project at a port in Karlshamn, southern Sweden. Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT

Nord Stream 2 gets green light from Sweden

2:30 min

Sweden gave the go ahead to the controversial construction of an underwater natural gas pipeline between Russia and Europe. But it did so begrudgingly.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would run through Sweden's economic zone in the Baltic Sea. And the government says it can't stop the laying of the pipelines; just OK where they'll be placed on the seabed.

However, an analyst says Sweden could have done more to voice its displeasure over the Russian-back project to lay an underwater pipeline to pump natural gas from Russia to Germany.

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