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Polish Prime Minister Denies Baltic Pipeline Plans --> Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (left) with Russia's Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller on March 30 (epa) May 11, 2006 -- Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has denied reports saying Poland was seeking to join a controversial project by Russian and German companies to build a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

Marcinkiewicz reiterated that Poland considers the project a threat to its energy security.

Poland's "Rzeczpospolita" daily and Germany's "Suddeutsche Zeitung" have both recently reported that Marcinkiewicz suggested this week to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Poland was looking to become involved in the pipeline project.


Russia And The West


COOPERATION, CONFLICT, CONFRONTATION: Relations between Russia and the West are notoriously volatile. "To see the kind of relationship that presidents Bush and Putin have developed and to see Russia firmly anchored in the West, that's really a dream of 300 years, not just of the post-Cold War era," then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said in May 2002.
But observers have increasingly called into question the extent of the shared values between Russia and the West, particularly on issues relating to the transformations going on in other former Soviet countries.


Silent Diplomacy Versus Public Criticism

Analysts Say New Arms Race Unlikely

Moscow 'Unhappy' With Outcome Of CFE Conference

Moscow And Washington Spar Over WTO Membership

Gazprom Stares Down The West

Russia Gears Up To Improve Its Image Abroad

Experts Urge U.S. To Rethink Relations With Russia

U.S. Official Says Russian NGO Law Part Of Antidemocratic Trend


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