Russia to seek compensation for Nord Stream pipeline explosions

Russia is awaiting the outcome of the investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines before submitting a request for compensation, Russian state news agency RIA reported, citing a Russian Foreign Ministry official as saying today.

Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic were damaged by explosions last year, and ongoing investigations have yet to conclude who is responsible.

According to RIA, the head of the economic cooperation department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Birysevsky, answered a question about the issue of compensation: “The investigation has not yet been completed, we expect its results to be presented to the (UN) Security Council, then we will decide what to do.”

Russia blames the US, Britain and Ukraine for the pipeline explosions, which have largely cut it off from the lucrative European market. These countries deny any involvement.

The UN Security Council refused to conduct its own investigation into the incident, leaving it to the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

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