Tensions Rise over Baltic Pipeline

A diplomat's op-ed article appears to have made public U.S. opposition to the proposed natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany

Michael Wood, 61, is an athletic man. He has an impressively low golf handicap of 12. The former corporate executive has often gone mountain biking with US President George W. Bush, a connection that may have helped him acquire his current position. Wood has been the US ambassador to Sweden for the past two years.

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