By Kyodo News Service
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
Monday, September 11, 2006
An international oil and gas development off Russia’s Sakhalin island, involving Japanese companies, will move ahead despite the Russian environmental regulator’s lawsuit to revoke government approval, a senior trade ministry official said Monday [September 11th].
“There can be many problems in the process of construction,” Takao Kitabata, vice-minister of economy, trade and industry, said at a press conference. The project will “move towards realization in the long run.”