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Finland approves Russian gas pipeline plans

AFP  |  Helsinki 

today granted its final approval for a pipeline dubbed 2, which will be used to Russian to Germany, to go through its waters in the

The final green light for the Finnish stretch of the planned pipeline came from the Nordic country's environmental authorities, a week after the government in gave its consent for a project that has sparked controversy in the

"The for Southern has granted the permit required under the Finnish Water Act for construction of the 2 pipelines between and within the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone," the agency said in a statement.

But the plan to bring more Russian gas to is facing headwind elsewhere in the bloc.

Although German authorities gave 2 their green light at the end of March, said Tuesday that the plan could not go forward "without clarity about the Ukrainian transit role".

If completed, the new pipeline would allow Russian gas to bypass its former route via and on its way to European markets.

and have been critical of the project, which they claim to undermine the EU in the face of Russian aggression.

Ukrainian has urged to abandon plans to build Nord Stream 2, saying it would amount to an "economic and blockade" of his crisis-torn country.

has strongly condemned the approvals the project has been granted so far.

"It is important that and all the other EU countries remember the principles on which the EU was built and understand that their authorisation for the construction of Nord Stream 2 deals a heavy blow to their allies, being one of them," of the Ukrainian parliament Andriy Parubiy declared in a speech, quoted by agency.

Approvals are still needed from Russian, Danish and Swedish authorities. If approved, the pipeline's construction could begin as soon as this year, aiming for a commercial use in the beginning of 2020.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:25 IST