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Peskov: The truth about the Nord Stream sabotage case will surprise many in Europe

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, announced on Friday that the truth about the Nord Stream sabotage will surprise many in Europe.

Dimitri Peskov stated that the Russian Federation conducts very intensive activity through diplomatic channels with Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

But this activity “so far it is hitting a wall of unwillingness to interact in any way and unwillingness to come together to find out the truth, which will surely surprise many in these European countries if it is established and made public“, Peskov pointed out, quoted by Tass.

As for the possible perpetrators, our considerations and preliminary assumptions are well known. We cannot have new data at this time, because we are deprived of the opportunity to participate in the investigation of this act of sabotage, this sabotage. The Germans don’t share information with us either, neither the Swedes nor the Danes“, the Kremlin spokesman added.

Putin says it is the West’s responsibility

Earlier, Nord Stream AG reported “unprecedented damage” that occurred on September 26 “on three cords of the offshore gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, which were discovered within hours of the explosion. The first leak was detected at Nord Stream – 2”, near the Danish island of Bornholm. Then two leaks were recorded at Nord Stream 1.

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Later, Swedish seismologists stated that they recorded two explosions that occurred along the paths of the Nord Streams. In turn, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, classified these incidents as sabotage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the responsibility for this situation lies with the West, which “actually started to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure”.

Sweden would have rejected a joint investigation with Denmark and Germany

Sweden has rejected plans to set up an official joint investigation team with Denmark and Germany to look into the recent ruptures of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, a Swedish prosecutor investigating the leaks said, Reuters reports, quoted by

Mats Ljungqvist, the prosecutor involved in Sweden’s criminal investigation into the Nord Stream gas leak in the Swedish economic zone, said that Sweden is already cooperating with Denmark and Germany in this regard.

He said Sweden rejected the proposal for a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust because such a joint investigation would include legal agreements under which Sweden would have to share information from its own investigation that it consider confidential.

“This is due to the fact that in our investigation there is information that is subject to confidentiality directly related to national security,” Ljungqvist told Reuters.

He made the comment after an article in German weekly Der Spiegel said Sweden had rejected plans for a joint investigation with Denmark and Germany, citing German security sources.

Asked about reports that Sweden would not investigate together with Germany and Denmark, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told Reuters: “No, as I understand it, that is not true. We are working together with Germany and Denmark on this issue”.

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