Germany, Denmark and Sweden allegedly failed to keep Russia informed of their investigations
Russia has released its communications with Denmark, Sweden and Germany regarding Nord Stream sabotage to members of the UN Security Council, a senior diplomat has said.
“These documents allow our colleagues at the United Nations to confirm that the claims of these nations that they informed us about their investigations are not true,” Dmitry Polyansky, deputy head of the Russian delegation to the United Nations, explained on Tuesday.
He announced Russia’s intention to share the messages with the Security Council last week, as Moscow pushes for an impartial UN-backed investigation into the incident.
The Nord Stream pipelines, which were built to deliver Russian natural gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, blew up at the end of September. Germany, as well as Denmark and Sweden, in whose territorial waters the sabotage took place, are conducting separate investigations into the incident. Russia’s request to participate in the investigations has been rejected.
While Western media were initially quick to accuse Russia of destroying its own infrastructure, European investigators have reportedly found no evidence to support this theory. Moscow claimed that the US was the party that benefited the most from the “terrorist attack”.
Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported last month that the operation to destroy the Russian-German gas link had been ordered by US President Joe Biden and carried out by a joint US-Norwegian team. Both nations have denied the accusation.
A series of Western media reports last week suggested an alternative explanation, involving a private “pro-Ukrainian group,” possibly funded by a wealthy Ukrainian individual, planting explosives on the pipeline from a chartered yacht. The group was not linked to any government, according to the reports.
Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian National Security Council, argued that this theory could only convince people who “cannot think logically”, given the specialized equipment and expertise that sabotage of Nord Stream required.
Polyansky warned that if the international community does not get to the bottom of the incident and hold those responsible accountable, a new dangerous age could dawn, in which nations consider covert attacks on their rivals’ critical infrastructure permissible.