Mar 17, 2023 06:28 UTC
  • Russia slams Denmark over Nord Stream investigation ‘fraud’

Russia has slammed Denmark for not giving Moscow access to investigations about the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, describing an earlier probe on this matter as a fraudulent "scam".

“This is such a fraud, a total scam, not even a con but a threepenny game, which in my opinion no one has been buying for a very long time,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday in an interview with Rossiya-1.

Zakharova said the sabotage of multiple-billion-dollar Nord Stream gas pipelines was not a trivial matter that could easily be forgotten.

“They are playing this for themselves, but the story with Nord Stream will not end the same way as many other stories they have buried or covered up, I think, for the simple reason that there’s a lot of money at stake,” Zakharova noted.

Russia's UN mission has asked the United Nations for an impartial international investigation into the sabotage of the multiple-billion dollar Nord Stream gas pipelines built by Russia to transfer gas to Europe.

Meantime, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen had announced earlier on Thursday that Russia had been denied by the country to have access to investigations about the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines and had no participation in the probe. “Denmark, Sweden and Germany all have rule of law and one can have confidence in our investigations,” Rasmussen insisted, ruling out Russia's role in the probe.

A preliminary investigation by Sweden and Denmark had indicated an "intentional sabotage" operation; however, it did not determine who had planned and executed the operation.