British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace spoke out against Russia’s participation in the investigation of the emergency on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. On Wednesday, October 5, the newspaper reported The Telegraph.
“I always think it’s best to keep the fox away from the chicken coop,” Wallace told the publication.
According to the minister, any potential offer of assistance from Russia during the investigation will not be accepted.
However, as Wallace noted, since the incident took place in international waters, if Moscow wants to conduct its own investigation, nothing can be done to stop it.
“The legal status of the pipeline is such that it is located in the economic zone of both Sweden and Denmark, and in international waters. If the Russians want to investigate or help with this, there is nothing you can do to stop them,” Wallace said.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow was alarmed by statements from Denmark and Sweden about excluding Russia from the investigation on gas pipelines and noted that Russia’s participation should be mandatory.
In turn, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Vershinin pointed out that Moscow insists on an international investigation into the causes of explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines.
The day before, the Swedish Coast Guard reported that gas leaks at Nord Stream 2 continue, and a spot with a diameter of about 20 m is visible on the sea surface. The service also noted that the gas release could continue for some time. On October 3, Sweden decided to cordon off the scene of the incident on gas pipelines as part of a preliminary investigation.
A gas leak was discovered on September 26 at once on two Russian export gas pipelines – Nord Stream and Nord Stream – 2. Bjorn Lund, a representative of the Seismic Center of Sweden, said that two powerful underwater explosions were registered that day in the area of leaks in pipelines.
The Kremlin called the incident unprecedented and requiring urgent investigation. As Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov noted, the situation on gas pipelines affects the energy security of the entire continent.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism on the fact of an emergency on gas pipelines. Other countries are also investigating. In particular, Germany, Denmark and Sweden announced their intention to create a joint group to investigate the emergency at Nord Stream.
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