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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Rejects Gas Plan

MOSCOW -- Plans to go ahead with a plan for an alternative natural gas pipeline to Western Europe bypassing Ukraine are continuing despite Poland's refusal to take part in the project, a senior official said Monday.

Gas giant Gazprom, angry over Ukraine's unsanctioned siphoning of gas from the main pipeline to the West, wanted to avoid Ukraine and send gas across an alternative route through Belarus, Slovakia and Poland.

But Poland's Economics Minister Janusz Steinhoff said Friday they wouldn't allow the pipeline in Poland.