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Text of report by the website of Russian business newspaper Vedomosti on 9 November
Editorial: "Advantages and Costs of Nord Stream"
It has happened: Russian gas has gone directly to Europe. Yesterday Russia, Germany, France, and the Netherlands launched the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which has united Russia and Germany over the bed of the Baltic. This project is a personal victory for Vladimir Putin, who secured the construction of the northern maritime gas pipe regardless of its excessive cost and the risks associated with filling it and with cost recovery.
Russia now has surplus gas pipeline capacities that can be manipulated. Quite a few people will be …