UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday rejected a Russian request to investigate explosions at pipelines carrying natural gas from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea.
Russia, China and Brazil voted in favor of the Russian request, but other members of the Security Council abstained or said a new investigation was unnecessary.
In order for the resolution to be adopted by the UN Security Council, at least nine votes “for” are needed in the 15-member council and without a veto from one of the permanent members – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.
Deputy US ambassador Robert Wood said there was no need for a UN investigation when investigations by Sweden, Denmark and Germany “are proceeding in a comprehensive, transparent and impartial manner”.
“It was an attempt to discredit the work of the ongoing national investigations and prejudice all the conclusions they reached, which are not in accordance with the predetermined and political narrative of Russia. It was not an attempt to seek the truth,” he said.
The pipelines, known as Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, are majority owned by Russian state energy giant Gazprom.
Nord Stream 1 delivered Russian gas to Germany until Moscow cut off supplies in late August 2022. Nord Stream 2 never went into service because Germany suspended its certification process just before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The explosions occurred on February 24, 2022. September 26.
Investigations by European countries have yet to produce final results, at least none have been made public.
Both pipelines bypass existing routes that pass through Ukraine, meaning Ukraine could lose revenue from transit fees and not be able to directly use the gas they carry. The Nord Stream pipelines were seen as Russia’s attempt to gain further control over Europe’s energy supplies.
Some said the explosions caused the worst methane release in history.
The New York Times, The Washington Post and German media have published stories citing US and other officials who say there is evidence that Ukraine, or at least Ukrainians, may be responsible. The Ukrainian government has denied involvement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed as “pure nonsense” the allegations that Ukrainians could be behind the explosions and pointed the finger at the US