If you hang around long enough, the wayback machine coughs up this one from the Financial Times, circa 13 January 1982:
SECTION I; Pg. 14
HEADLINE: Study of sanctions’ impact on pipeline
BYLINE: By David Tonge in London
WESTERN officials are to meet in Washington later this week to discuss the precise implications of U.S. sanctions against the Soviet Union on the construction of the 5,500km Siberia-West Europe gas pipeline.
West Europeans believe the U.S. will not use the recent developments in Poland [in December 1981 the Communist regime in Poland declared a state of war and outlawed Solidarity, whereupon the West introduced economic sanctions against Poland and the Soviet Union] to prevent the pipeline going ahead, according to diplomats who attended Monday’s meeting of Nato Foreign Ministers in Brussels. Herr Helmut Schmidt, the West German Chancellor, apparently ended his recent visit to Washington convinced of this.
The Reagan Administration has long argued that the pipeline will make West Europe dangerously dependent on the Soviet Union. EEC countries say it would be “very wrong” for the U.S. to use the present situation to destroy the pipeline.
Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary, has compared the importance of the pipeline to Europeans with the effect on U.S. farmers of banning grain sales to the Soviet Union.
General Electric and Caterpillar have been the major U.S. corporate casualties of the sanctions, but yesterday there were some indications that the U.S. position on sanctions may be less absolute than initially indicated.
Western countries are still confused about the precise effects the sanctions will have on some U.S. concerns and what action by non-U.S. companies would be considered to undermine the American sanctions.
In Scotland, John Brown Engineering is known to be able to complete six of the 21 gas turbines ordered by the Soviet Union despite the halting of supply of rotors, blades and nozzles from General Electric.
Western countries hope to be able to announce a composite package of sanctions against Poland and the Soviet Union within a month. Officials will meet next week in Brussels to discuss the package.
Today Russia supplies 25% of Western Europe’s gas, with both Germany and France heavily dependent on it.
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