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Denmark's offer to the Nord Stream operator

24 March 2023

Belogoryev Alexey M. Research and Development Director, Director of the Center for Energy strategic analysis and forecasting

Alexey Belogoryev, Deputy Principal Director on Energy Studies of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to the Rambler internet portal on the progress of the investigation into sabotage on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines:

“To say that Denmark is involving Russia in the investigation of the Nord Stream incidents would be an exaggeration. The Danish Energy Agency in the investigation is not the main agency - rather, an auxiliary one. And we are talking exclusively about the fact that the DEA asked the Nord Stream 2 company, which is not Russian in its pure form, to help with the identification of an object found at the bottom near the gas pipeline. This object, according to media reports, is a sea smoke buoy.

This is a purely technical issue, on which the Danish Energy Agency turned to the company that operates the gas pipeline, which should have more complete information about the facilities located next to it.”

The expert noted that so far there is no talk of granting Russian officials access to the investigation or transferring relevant materials to them.

“So far I don’t see any signs that Denmark, Germany or Sweden are ready to involve Russia. For political reasons, they are unlikely to do this. In addition, they basically do not involve anyone. That is, there is no interstate body or group leading the investigation. Initially, Sweden failed to form it. The investigation is being conducted within a narrow national framework, without the involvement of Russia and other countries," Belogoryev said.

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