RUSSIAN- GERMAN NORTH GAS PIPELINE IN THE VIEW OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
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The authors analyze - from the perspective of public international law, Polish law, and the interests of the international society - the problems posed by the construction of the North European Gas Pipeline. In this context, the article argues that Poland is a reliable and stable partner and that it is also in Russia's interest to build a gas pipeline running through the land of the Republic of Poland. The article also submits that it is a diplomatic challenge for Poland to persuade the international community that actions connected with the construction of the gas pipeline are not based on economic grounds. It is in Poland's economic and political interest to face up to this challenge, despite the fact that Russia does not have a rich tradition in soft diplomatic actions. The article also notes that the problems associated with the gas pipeline are not confined to the legal sphere alone. Politics are involved, and politics and the law are strongly connected with one another and the boundaries between them sometimes get blurred.
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