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about Poland, which is how that country used the "energy weapon" in the late 90s against Russia, to extract hard cash from it at a time when it was pretty much running out of it, by playing nasty games with the construction of the Yamal-Europe pipeline.

Gazprom was forced to pay in full for the construction of the pipeline (with is notionally 51% owned by Polish interests), among other friendly things.

This is the real reason for NordStream under the Baltic, and it shows that the Germans were not very pleased by these games: both sides knew that they'd be accused of going "Molotov-Ribbentrop" on Poland again by avoiding its territory for a new pipeline, which only goes to show that the alternative would have been worse from their perspective.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 17th, 2008 at 05:34:14 PM EST
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