Russia said yesterday that it has not made any decision yet to repair the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea. The pipelines were sabotaged last September cutting off gas supplies to Germany and a number of European countries.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow yesterday, “No decisions have been made on this matter.” Peskov’s response was on whether Russia would proceed with repairs on the damaged sections of the Nord Stream in the Baltic Sea.

The spokesman was also commenting on the withdrawal of the Canadian exemption from sanctions against Russia that it granted earlier this year to a company repairing gas turbines for Russia’s Gazprom.
Gas leaks in each of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were discovered at the end of September from the infrastructure just outside Swedish and Danish territorial waters in the Baltic Sea.

Also Read: Sweden: Nord Stream Explosions Were Result Of “Gross Sabotage

He said Russia has not ruled out the possibility of repairing the gas pipelines, as it said in early October, “The Russian side does not rule out the possibility of repairing gas pipelines, but a decision on this can be made after examining the site and assessing the extent of damage to gas pipelines.”

It will be recalled that an investigation launched by the Swedish authorities concluded that the leaks were the result of detonations, likely the result of “serious sabotage,” but the investigators could not name any culprit 

Sweden, Denmark, and Germany are also jointly investigating the incident with the gas pipelines built to carry Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

Also Read: Russia Protests Exclusion From Nord Stream Investigation.

Meanwhile, Nord Stream 2 has not been put into operation after Germany axed the certification process following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia, for its part, shut down Nord Stream 1 indefinitely in early September, claiming an inability to repair gas turbines because of the Western sanctions.

Russia has continued to insist on sabotage.  At the end of October, Putin accused the UK Navy of being involved in the explosions that put the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines out of commission.

But the UK ministry of defence said that Russia is resorting to “peddling rumours of an epic scale” to detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine.


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