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Moscow calls UN Security Council meeting on Nord Stream blasts

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Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky revealed on Wednesday (Feb. 15) that Russia requested a UN Security Council meeting on Feb. 22.

The topic of the meeting is expected to be “new information related to the sabotage act that led to the disruption of the work of the [Nord] Stream pipeline last September,” the Russian diplomat wrote on Twitter.

On Feb.8, a report by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh, who specializes in investigative journalism, said that the US President Joe Biden administration green-lighted the operation that destroyed parts of the Russian-operated Nord Stream natural gas pipeline system.

Hersh stated in his article, citing a source, that U.S. Navy divers planted explosive devices during NATO’s “Baltops 22” excerise in June 2022, with support from Norwegian specialists.  “Three months later they destroyed three of the four branches of the pipeline,” the American journalist said.

 

On September 27, the Nord Stream AG company reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 suffered massive explosions, which caused “extensive damage” to the two offshore gas pipelines connecting Russia to Germany, sparking speculation about possible sabotage.  Swedish seismologists recorded two explosions along the Nord Stream pipelines on Sept. 26.

Construction of Nord Stream 2, designed to double the amount of gas Russia could send directly to Germany under the sea, was completed in September 2021. But the pipeline was never put into operation after Berlin shelved certification just days before Moscow sent its troops into Ukraine in February 2022.

Hersh’s report has been deemed by White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson to be “totally false and total fiction.” Tammy Thorp, a spokesperson for the Central Intelligence Agency, similarly wrote: “This claim is completely and utterly false.”

Russia for its part did not accept the statement made by Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric, claiming that the United Nations did not have the authority to investigate the Nord Stream incident.
“Mr. Guterres – who is an experienced diplomat – should not be shy to study the facts. (…) I think it will be very difficult for the secretary-general to distance himself from the facts that have been presented to the world and that are very difficult to deny,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Wednesday (Feb.15).

On Feb.22  the UN General Assembly special session will resume its work, with an anti-Russian resolution planned to be put to a vote.

With reporting by Reuters, TASS, Al Jazeera