ZURICH, Oct. 7 — PRIME. Russia will explore the possibility of conducting an independent investigation into sabotage on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, the Russian embassy in Copenhagen said.
The diplomatic mission noted that the unwillingness of the Danish authorities to involve representatives of the Russian side in the investigation conducted by Denmark “undermines the reliability of its future results.”
“Limiting the circle of its participants to states that are either already NATO members or on the way to this alliance turns the investigation into a politically biased one. Under these conditions, the Russian side will explore the possibility of conducting an independent comprehensive investigation at the scene,” the statement says.
The attacks took place on September 26 at once on two Russian export gas pipelines to Europe – Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. Germany, Denmark and Sweden do not rule out targeted sabotage. The Nord Stream operator Nord Stream AG reported that the state of emergency on gas pipelines is unprecedented and it is impossible to estimate the repair time.
Gazprom reported on October 3 that the pressure in the damaged Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines had stabilized, gas leaks had stopped, and gas was being pumped out of another Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to check its integrity. In turn, the Swedish Coast Guard said that day that a “smaller” leak from Nord Stream 2 was continuing and even increasing slightly.
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. Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced the government’s determination to refuse Russia’s participation in the investigation of the sabotage and the identification of those responsible.