On Thursday, Russia wondered if Sweden had “something to hide” in connection with the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipeline last year, as it criticized Stockholm for not sharing information in ongoing investigations into the explosions.
Swedish and Danish authorities are investigating four holes in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines that link Russia and Germany across the Baltic Sea and have become a flashpoint in the Ukrainian crisis.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sweden’s refusal to cooperate with Russian prosecutors was “confusing” and said Moscow has a right to know the details of the investigation into the bombings that took place last September.
Moscow has proposed to Stockholm that they organize a joint investigation into the explosions, as a result of which three of the four lines of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines could be permanently disabled. But both Sweden and Denmark rejected the idea of Russian participation.
At a briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Zakharova suggested there were reasons for the decision.
“Perhaps, Russian investigators, conducting an objective investigation, could come to uncomfortable conclusions … about who carried out this sabotage. About who invented it and who implemented it, ”she told reporters.
Zakharova said that Sweden was “hiding” the facts about what she found during the investigation, suggesting that “the Swedish authorities have something to hide.”
Sweden and other European investigators say the attacks were deliberate, but do not say who they think was responsible.
Construction of Nord Stream 2, intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, was completed in September 2021 but never entered service after Berlin delayed certification just a few days before Moscow began Ukraine.
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