HomeNewsRussia may demand compensation over Nord Stream blasts: Diplomat | Russia-Ukraine war...

    Russia may demand compensation over Nord Stream blasts: Diplomat | Russia-Ukraine war News

    Published on


    Dmitry Birichevsky says Moscow intends to insist on a comprehensive and open international probe.

    Moscow may seek compensation over damage from last year’s explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, according to news agency RIA Novosti which cited a Russian diplomat.

    The pipelines, which connect Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea, were hit by unexplained blasts last September in what Moscow called an act of “international terrorism”.

    “We do not rule out later the raising of the issue of compensation for damage as a result of the explosion of the Nord Stream gas pipelines,” Dmitry Birichevsky, the head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry department for economic cooperation, said in an interview with the news agency.

    He added that Western countries were opposing a Russia-prepared draft UN Security Council resolution urging an independent international investigation of the Nord Stream blasts.

    “Despite this, we intend to continue to insist on a comprehensive and open international investigation with the mandatory participation of Russian representatives,” Birichevsky said.

    The Nord Stream pipelines were intended to bring Russian gas to Germany, though since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago, Berlin has taken steps to reduce its reliance on Russian hydrocarbons.

    A photo of a gas leak at sea at the site of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
    A gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from the air on Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022 [Reuters]

    Putin’s comments

    In mid-March, President Vladimir Putin dismissed as “sheer nonsense” allegations that Ukrainians could be behind the explosions that crippled the Nord Stream gas pipelines, suggesting the United States may have been responsible.

    The Russian leader insisted the US had a motive to carry out the attack in the Baltic Sea last year, saying it wanted to halt supplies of cheap Russian natural gas to Europe and provide the continent with more expensive liquefied natural gas.

    September’s explosions that hit the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines rendered them inoperable and caused significant leaks of methane gas.

    The leaks in the Baltic Sea led to what is likely the biggest single release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Programme said.

    Western countries, including Germany, have said they believe the blasts were a deliberate act but declined to say who they think was responsible.

    Source link

    Latest articles

    Diamond Platnumz confirms Spice Diana collaboration

    Wasafi Records boss Naseeb Abdul Juma Issack alias Diamond Platnumz touched down...

    Nigeria’s Gezee releases new single — “Design”. Listen to it here!

    By Our ReporterNigerian singer, Gezee has just released a brand new single titled...

    More like this