Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian side would take all necessary steps to prevent national investigations into the explosions at the Nord Stream gas pipelines from “jumping off the hook.”
“Our next steps will be to keep these national investigations and those who have sworn that this will be enough to establish the truth from off the hook. We will deal with this meticulously, the topic is far from closed,” the minister said during a press conference following talks in Moscow with Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada Colindres.
Sergei Lavrov pointed out that Russia “has no illusions about the honesty of the West” in matters of investigation of various incidents, but it will not be possible to avoid answering for the explosions at Nord Stream.
“Be under no illusions about how honestly the West is investigating certain incidents in which it is directly guilty, and how honestly and frankly the West can admit what will be revealed in this or that case. Nevertheless, with all this skepticism about how the Western investigation will end, we will not lag behind them, ”he said.
According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, all Western countries refused to support the international investigation, pointing to the impeccability of finding out the reasons “in their narrow circle.” “I think that they will not be able to escape the answer,” he concluded.
Explosions at Nord Stream and the unlaunched Nord Stream 2 occurred on September 26, 2022. Germany, Sweden and Denmark are investigating explosions that caused leaks at two Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea in September. The United States refused to initiate its own investigation. The Russian authorities consider the explosions an act of international terrorism. On March 27, the UN Security Council did not support Russia’s resolution on the establishment of an international commission to investigate gas pipeline explosions.