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Russia commented on Sweden's confirmation of sabotage at Nord Stream

18 November 2022

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 Rambler on the meaning of the preliminary results of the Swedish investigation into the explosions at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines:

“The fact that explosions occurred at Nord Stream and explosives were used was clear even before that. There is no sensation or novelty in the data of the Swedish prosecutor's office. Another thing is that all this has been already confirmed at the level of specific investigative actions.

In parallel with Sweden, Denmark and Germany independently continue their investigations. We can also expect some statements from them in the coming weeks. But at the same time, none of the three countries conducting the investigation has yet put forward any versions of what happened or charges. And when they will be put forward is not entirely clear. That is, so far there are no official suspects in committing sabotage. But at the level of talk, speculation and assumptions, the key suspects include the United States, Britain and Poland. At the same time, there is a widespread idea in Europe that Russia is behind what happened.

I'm not sure that in the coming years we will find out who committed sabotage. The people and organizations behind them tried to hide their traces as much as possible. Apparently, they succeeded. How far they have succeeded, we will learn in the coming months from the official results of the ongoing investigations.”

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