The European Union and Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, have defended the proposed Nord Stream gas pipeline, amid accusations it could damage the Baltic Sea.

The pipeline will stretch from Vyborg in Russia to Greifswald in Germany across the body of water.

Finland is expected to give approval for the project imminently, allowing construction to start later this year for completion by 2012.

Al Jazeera's Stephen Cole asks Sebastien Saas, Nord Stream's EU representive, what impact the project could have on the Baltic Sea.

Source: Al Jazeera