Lavrov Says Russia Will Weigh Options If West Blocks Nord Stream Probe

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday, if a “independent, impartial inquiry” into the explosions at the Nord Stream pipelines is obstructed, Moscow would consider its options for responding to the West.

“I don’t want to threaten anyone or imply anything, but I simply know that this brazen terrorist assault will not go uninvestigated,” he stated in an interview with Channel One’s “The Big Game” show.

“And if an objective, impartial inquiry – which, of course, is transparent – is obstructed, we will consider how to respond to the West for this direct attack, practically on our property,” he continued.

The New York Times claimed on Tuesday, citing US sources, that the gas pipeline sabotage might have been carried out by a “pro-Ukrainian gang” acting without the knowledge of US authorities.

According to the Zeit newspaper, German authorities have discovered a vessel used by the saboteurs. The firm that rented it was supposedly owned by Ukrainians and registered in Poland.

On September 27, 2022, Nord Stream AG reported unprecedented damage to three strings of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipes the day before.

Swedish seismologists recorded two explosions on pipeline networks on September 26, 2022. After that, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office filed a criminal prosecution on allegations of international terrorism.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Secretariat General personnel were dodging inquiries concerning the Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

Lavrov stated at a press conference in Moscow following a meeting with his Saudi colleague Faysal bin Farhan Al Saud that Guterres actively comments on “dubious situations” and “dubious notions” while displaying “total apathy and detachment” in matters requiring UN evaluation.

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