Lavrov questions EU investigations into Nord Stream pipeline explosions

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Lavrov questions EU investigations into Nord Stream pipeline explosions

“Nobody in the European Union is going to investigate objectively,” the Russian Foreign Minister stressed

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it appeared that no European country was conducting a proper investigation into a series of explosions that ruptured the Nord Stream gas pipeline in September.

“After the explosions in Nord Stream — which, it seems, no one in the European Union is going to objectively investigate — Russia stopped transporting gas through the northern routes,” Lavrov said.

Russia has blamed Britain for the blasts — claims London has rejected. Investigators in Sweden and Denmark say it was the result of sabotage, although they have not named any possible suspects.

The Washington Post reported today, citing diplomats and intelligence officials, that there has been no conclusive evidence that Russia itself was behind the attacks, as some Western governments and analysts claimed in the immediate aftermath.

According to the paper, some of the sources now believe it may not be possible to determine who is responsible.

The Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines have a combined annual transport capacity of 110 billion cubic meters — more than half of the normal volumes of gas exported by Russia.

Sections of the 1,224km pipeline, which carries gas from Russia to Germany, lie at a depth of around 80-100m and Moscow says no decision has yet been made on whether to attempt to repair it.

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