Denmark, Sweden and Germany send letter concerning gas leak to UN Security Council

Though not members of the UN Security Council, the three countries have sent a letter in an attempt to influence discussions during upcoming meeting.
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen

Denmark, Sweden and Germany have sent a joint letter to the UN prior to a meeting in the UN Security Council on Wednesday regarding the Nord Stream 1 and 2 explosions.

The letter was posted on the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Twitter profile.

Given that the three nations are not members of the UN Security Council, they will not attend the meeting, but they are nevertheless trying to affect the discussion.

In the letter, the nations inform that investigations into the sabotage of the gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea off the Danish island of Bornholm are still ongoing. Furthermore, that it’s unclear when the investigations will conclude, according to the letter.

”These investigations have not yet been concluded. At this point, it is not possible to say when they will be concluded,” the letter reads: 

”The authorities of Denmark, Germany and Sweden have been in dialogue regarding the investigation of the gas leaks, and the dialogue will continue to the relevant extent.”

Sweden and Denmark concluded on prior occasion that the destruction of the pipelines was a deliberate act, without making any conclusions as to the perpetrator.

Russia has called the meeting in the UN Security Council after requesting an independent inquiry into the attacks on the pipelines. As one of five permanent members, Russia has the ability to call such meetings.

Denmark, Sweden and Germany could have requested to participate, but the nations have instead chosen a more measured approach by sending a letter.

”The investigations have established that there has been extensive damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 and that the damage was caused by powerful explosions due to sabotage,” the letter reads.

Moreover, Russia’s authorities have been notified of their investigations.

The UN Security Council was set up to ensure international peace and security and prevent conflict.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines were constructed to allow Russian gas company Gazprom to send gas supplies to Germany.

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