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Russia Protests After Being Booted From Nord Stream Investigation

Russia says it has summoned the ambassadors of Germany, Denmark, and Sweden and handed them notes of protest challenging their investigations into several explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on October 13 that Moscow will not recognize any "pseudo-results" of the investigations conducted by Western nations if Russia is not allowed to take part in them.

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"If Russian experts are not allowed to get involved in the ongoing investigative operations, Moscow will consider that the aforementioned countries have something to hide or that they are covering up for those who implemented the terrorist acts," the ministry's statement said.

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Four explosions caused leaks in three of the four links that make up the Russian-owned Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in September, sending tons of pressurized methane gas into the Baltic Sea at a time of heightened concerns in Europe over a potential energy crisis due to supply disruptions from Russia amid its ongoing war with Ukraine.

Western officials have said that the leaks in the pipelines connecting Russia to Germany were caused by sabotage. That has led to suspicion that Moscow was behind the incidents. The West has previously accused Russia of withholding energy supplies in retaliation to sanctions imposed over its war against Ukraine.

The Kremlin has denied any Russian involvement in the leaks.

By RFE/RL

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 14 2022 said:
    By excluding Russia from the investigations being carried out about the acts of sabotage at both Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, Western countries have something to hide or they are covering up for the culprit. They want to fabricate findings to blame the sabotage on Russia.

    But the world won’t be fooled. It has already guessed who the culprit is based on the following circumstantial evidence:

    1- A country with a motive

    2- One that has a long history of opposing and trying to block the building of Soviet and Russian oil and gas pipelines connecting Russia to Europe

    3- A country that could benefit handsomely by replacing cheap Russian piped natural gas supplies to the EU with its more expensive LNG exports

    4- And one who has the geopolitical aim and determination to sever the EU’s dependence on Russian gas for ever.

    Anyone looking at this circumstantial evidence will immediately know that it fits one country hand in glove: the United States.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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