Sweden refuses to give Russia access to its investigation into leaks from the Nordstream gas pipelines

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Sweden refuses to give Russia access to its investigation into leaks from the Nordstream gas pipelines

Sweden refused this Monday to Russia access to its investigationon the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea and suggested carry out your own investigation. “In Sweden, preliminary investigations are confidentialAnd obviously, this is the case on this issue,” declared the resigned Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, during a press conference.

Russia made repeated requests to participate in the Danish and Swedish investigations into the underwater explosions of 26 September, which caused gas leaks. Each nation is free to carry out an investigation in the area, since it is international waters, he stressed. Andersson, who resigned on September 14 and remains in office until a right-wing government is formed in the Nordic country.

Sweden closed A perimeter of the area last week for its own investigation, but has lifted the restriction and today, “it is possible for other ships to access the area”, according to Andersson. On the Danish side, the head of diplomacy Jeppe Kofod said on September 28 that he had “informed Russia” of the start of an investigationfrom his country, but that he had “no desire” to talk to Moscow. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and we do it with our allies,” he insisted.

Joint investigation

Germany, Denmark and Sweden announced in early October their intention to investigate. n to create a joint research group. The German prosecutor's office reported on Monday that the German justice had opened an investigation into the leaks and that investigators suspect the act was “an intentionally caused explosion and sabotage.” Swedish also favors the hypothesis of sabotage. Russia, suspected of possibly being behind the explosions, struck back. and pointed to the United States, which in turn denied all responsibility. Both gas pipelines connect Russian gas fields with Germany through the Baltic Sea.