Russia has summoned the ambassadors of Germany, Denmark, and Sweden and handed them notes of protest challenging their investigations into several explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

Last weekend, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow will not recognize any “pseudo-results” of the investigations conducted by Western nations that it [Russia] is not part of.

“If Russian experts are not allowed to get involved in the ongoing investigative operations, Moscow will consider that the aforementioned countries have something to hide or that they are covering up for those who implemented the terrorist acts,” the ministry’s statement said.

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Preliminary findings suggest that four explosions caused leaks in three of the four links that make up the Russian-owned Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in September, sending tons of pressurized methane gas into the Baltic Sea.

This was a time when the atmosphere was tensed in Europe over a potential energy crisis following supply disruptions necessitated by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

US officials have accused Russia of sabotage in the leaks in the pipelines connecting Russia to Germany. The West has previously accused Russia of withholding energy supplies in retaliation to sanctions imposed over its war against Ukraine.

Russia has however denied any involvement in either the explosions or leaks.

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