PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, 2 Oct — PRIME. The countries that previously expressed a negative position on the highways, which include the United States, Poland, and Ukraine, are interested in decommissioning the Nord Streams, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
“Today, we proceed from the fact that it is necessary first of all to figure out who did this, and we are sure that certain previously expressing positions of the country are interested in this,” he said in an interview in the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.
According to him, “both the United States, Ukraine, and Poland at one time said that “this infrastructure will not work, they will do everything for this,” therefore, of course, this should be seriously looked into.” This is how Novak commented on the situation around Nord Stream.
To the question of whether water ingress into a pipe break could disable the mains, Novak replied that there had never been such accidents, which means it is difficult to judge unambiguously.
“Certainly, there are technical possibilities to restore the infrastructure, it takes time and appropriate funds. I am sure that appropriate opportunities will be found,” he explained.
The emergency at Nord Stream occurred on Monday, September 26. Germany, Denmark and Sweden do not rule out targeted sabotage. The Russian side officially requested information about the emergency from Denmark as soon as the incident became known. The Danish authorities notified Russia of the explosions at the site of the gas leak. The Nord Stream operator Nord Stream AG reported that the state of emergency was unprecedented and it was impossible to estimate the repair time.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism after the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines.