Izvestia, October 5, 2001, p. 3
Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov declared that there was not a specific date after which the works in the Barents Sea could not be continued. Head of the company Mammut Franz van Seimeren also could not specify the exact date of the operation finish. He said, “Only the weather is bothering us, there are no technical problems. That is why the work will be resumed after it is safe for deep divers to work. If we do not succeed, it will be a disaster for the company.”
However, the financial losses of Norwegians on case of failure will be minimal, while Russia will not be able to pay the last stage of the work.
Deputy prime Minister Ilya Klebanov refuses to comment on the version that lifting the Kursk submarine is a total profanation, and in case of failure no one will be guilty. He declared that when the plan had been worked out, December 31 2001 was considered to be the dead line.