Controversial Project Launched Merkel and Medvedev Open Baltic Gas Pipeline

The leaders of Germany and Russia on Tuesday formally opened the Nord Stream pipeline running 760 miles under the Baltic to pump gas from Siberia to the European Union. The project is aimed at ensuring the long-term security of Europe's energy supplies, but it remains controversial.
The €7.3 billion Nord Stream pipeline was officially launched by Chancellor Merkel and President Medvedev.

The €7.3 billion Nord Stream pipeline was officially launched by Chancellor Merkel and President Medvedev.

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