Gazprom insists that its gas monopoly is “mutually dependent” with Europe. Russia reportedly offered to cut out the middlemen and directly deliver oil to the Czech Republic. Atomstroiexport, the company building Iran’s first nuclear plant, says that preparations for the reactor’s launch have entered their final stage. The Estonian President is calling for a nuclear power plant to be built in order to reduce energy dependence on Russia. US Vice President Dick Cheney has failed to win Azerbaijan’s support for the construction of a new gas pipeline that would bypass Russia.