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Lithuania Quarrels With Germany

Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus visited Berlin last week in view of a dispute with German chancellor

Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus visited Berlin last week in view of a dispute with German chancellor Schroeder on plans to build a direct gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

Just before his visit to Berlin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Adamkus heavily criticized plans for the 1,200 km pipeline that will link St. Petersburg in Russia via the Baltic Sea to Greifswald in Germany.

Adamkus accused Schroeder of ?complete ignorance? of neighborly relations by sidelining his country in the bilateral deal with the Russians, according to German media. The German chancellor reacted by saying that Adamkus? remark was ?in no way justified, neither in its form, nor in its content?.

The pipeline was officially announced in September in the presence of Schroeder and Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was in Germany for a visit. It has huge strategic importance as the direct connection will bypass EU states which have difficult relations with Moscow, such as Lithuania, Poland and EU hopeful Ukraine.

Adamkus said after talks with Schroeder that positions had not converged. ?We have confirmed the status quo,? he stated, adding that ?we feel that we were excluded from the discussions?. He also pointed out that the building of the gas pipeline poses a substantial environmental risk, as the Baltic Sea contains large amounts of chemicals and explosives that were dumped by the Nazis during WWII. ?Nobody can guarantee that it will not come to an accident,? he said, adding that this would ?bring the whole Baltic Sea out of balance.?