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Unformatted text preview: any will install the cleaning technology as announced. It
has been promising to do just that for almost 20 years now. Despite its
multi-billion dollar net profits, it has failed to help the local environment and
the local population, both suffering severely from heavy sulphur dioxide
emissions. Norway cannot continue to give its millions to the Russian
billionaires. This is not at all a “little local problem”; it is a big environmental
problem in the North and a challenge for Norwegian-Russian relations. The
Norwegian Foreign Minister announced on June 18, 2008 that Norilsk
Nickel would be closed by 2011.69
Russia considers that “the real problem is not Russia’s use of its
energy supplies as a weapon to achieve political dominance, which is an
oversimplified reading of the Kremlin’s clumsily executed, but essentially
rational policies, but rather the risk that Gazprom may not be physically
able to satisfy Europe’s needs and honour its contracts” (Trenin, 2008:
136). That is why the Russian authorities project in the...
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- Summer '14