UN rejects Russian request to probe Nord Stream sabotage

Russian ambassador to the UN implies that Denmark, Sweden and Germany are trying to hide sabotage evidence.
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen

UN’s Security Council on Monday declined a Russian proposal on a independent investigation into the explosions on the Nord Stream pipelines last year.

Only Russia, China and Brazil voted in favor of the resolution while the remaining 12 member nations abstained.

For a resolution to be adopted by the UN Security Council, it requires a minimum of nine yes-votes and no veto from any of the permanent members – Russia, China, France, the US and the UK.

Western countries have blamed Russia for the Baltic explosions. And in turn, Kremlin has accused the West of being behind the sabotage.

In the draft for the resolution, Russia called for a commission to ”complete a comprehensive, transparent and impartial international investigation into all aspects of the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.”

The probe was mean to ”identify perpetrators, sponsors and complicit parties”.

Russia maintains it has been kept out of the ongoing investigations, launched by Denmark, Sweden and Germany – all three countries have denied such claims.

”We have serious and very well-founded doubt as to the objectiveness and transparency of national investigations conducted by some European states,” says Moscow’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya.

He points to a ”growing suspicion” that the three investigations ”fail to shed light on what happened” and instead try to ”hide evidence and cleaning up the scene of the crime.”

”I think that after today’s vote, suspicion as to who is behind the act of sabotage on the Nord Stream is just obvious,” says Nebenzia.

Several members of the council express faith in Denmark, Sweden and Germany and condemns what they view as Moscow’s attempt to divert attention from the country’s war in Ukraine.

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