UN Security Council Rejects Moscow-Drafted Resolution for Independent Inquiry into Nord Stream Pipeline Sabotage

(MENAFN) The UN Security Council on Monday rejected a resolution drafted by Moscow calling for an independent inquiry into the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Germany last year. Explosions under the Baltic Sea in September 2020 led Western countries to blame Russia, but the Kremlin accused the West of sabotage. The resolution received three votes, with China and Brazil backing Russia, and the other 12 members abstaining.

The resolution proposed the creation of a commission to conduct a comprehensive, transparent, and impartial international investigation of all aspects of the sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, including identification of its perpetrators, sponsors, organizers, and accomplices. Russia argued that it had been left out of the investigations launched by Sweden, Germany, and Denmark, all of whom have rejected the accusation.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia expressed serious doubts about the objectivity and transparency of the national investigations conducted by some European states. He suggested that there were increasing suspicions that the three probes aimed not to shed light on what happened with the acts of sabotage, but rather to hide evidence and clean up the crime scene. He further added that after the vote, the suspicion as to who is behind the act of sabotage on the Nord Stream is just obvious.

Several members of the Security Council assured the three countries conducting the investigations of their confidence and denounced the resolution as an attempt by Russia to divert attention from its invasion of Ukraine. The rejection of the Moscow-drafted resolution has reignited debates about the power dynamics in international politics and the need for transparency and accountability in investigations of this nature.



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