A Russian-led consortium planning to build a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea yesterday rejected criticism of the project from Sweden's environment minister. The Nord Stream consortium is seeking Sweden's approval of the pipeline route between Russia and Germany since part of the line would run through Swedish waters. The proposed route "is the best solution in terms of technical, ecological and economic feasibility," Nord Stream, which is 51-per-cent owned by OAO Gazprom, said in a statement. The consortium agreed in 2005 to build a 1,200-kilometre undersea pipeline from Vyborg, Russia, to Greifswald, in Germany. On Wednesday Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren called on Nord Stream to come up with alternative routes, saying that the current one was "problematic and risky," notably due to wartime mines and chemical waste on the seabed. GAZP (Moscow) fell 12.92 rubles to 289.83 rubles ($11.17).