Nord Stream opens gas tap

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The Independent Online

After 13 years of planning and two years of construction, the gas started flowing yesterday along the Nord Stream pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to an estimated 26 million EU homes.

The pipeline runs from Siberia to the German town of Lubmin under the Baltic and lets Russia bypass countries such as Ukraine and Poland, which have strained relations with Moscow.

The opening ceremony was attended by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.