Moscow has vowed not to let the incident slide despite the failure of a resolution in the Security Council
Russia will continue to push for an independent international investigation into the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage despite UN Security Council members not backing a proposal from Moscow this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
“We believe that everyone should be interested in an objective investigation, which would involve all stakeholders [and] every party that could help shed light on the organizers and perpetrators of this terrorist act,” Peskov said on Tuesday. He added that Moscow will “continue efforts not to let anyone allow this issue to slip into oblivion.”
On Monday, Russia sought to pass a resolution that would have instructed the UN secretary-general to conduct a “comprehensive, transparent and impartial international investigation” into the sabotage. Brazil, China and Russia voted in favor of the proposal, while 12 other members of the UN Security Council abstained.
Opponents argued that a UN-led investigation into the Nord Stream incident would undermine the national probes being carried out by Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Berlin is an interested party because the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline projects were built to pump Russian natural gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Sweden and Denmark are conducting investigations after the explosions that blew up the energy links occurred in their territorial waters.
Last month, veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claimed that the sabotage was a joint US-Norwegian operation ordered personally by US President Joe Biden. Hersh claimed that Washington had wanted to lock in German support in the Ukraine conflict by preventing it from receiving supplies of cheap fuel from Russia.
Washington and Oslo have denied the allegations, although Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that he “completely agreed” with Hersh’s conclusions.
Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow’s permanent representative to the UN, stated after the failed vote that “the suspicion [about] whoever is behind the Nord Stream sabotage will only increase.”