Residents of the city of Omsk fear that the Chinese workers brought in to help modernize Siberia’s gas industry will take over their region.
China and Russia's leaders opened the giant "Power of Siberia" pipeline project on Monday. The 3,000-kilometer pipeline has been hailed as a sign of the close friendship between two of the world's superpowers.
Russian gas will be piped direct to Germany from November despite the project's detractors, a project engineer has asserted. Critics have said Europe will be left vulnerable and climate goals will be undermined.
The European Union must compromise to prevent further rapprochement between China and Russia. Without Moscow, Brussels will not survive in the global power struggle, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Almost half of Russia is covered with forests. However, much of the vast country's woodlands, which absorb millions of tons of CO2, are under threat from mismanagement, illegal deforestation and corruption.
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