Russia does not plan to repair the Nord Stream gas pipelines that have exploded in the near future, they will be sealed and mothballed. On this subject informed Reuters, citing sources familiar with the plans.
According to two of the agency’s interlocutors, Russia does not believe that relations with the West will improve so much in the foreseeable future that pipelines will be needed again. Another source told Reuters that Russia considers the Nord Stream project “buried”.
Other interlocutors of the publication affirm that the pipes will be preserved for a possible resumption of their work in the future. Most likely, that will mean sealing broken pipe ends and applying an anti-corrosion coating, writes Reuters.
Explosions on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines occurred in September 2022, as a result of which three out of four chains were damaged. NATO called the result of “deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the Anglo-Saxons for the explosions. Some European countries have said that Russia was involved in the damage to the pipeline. Germany, Denmark and Sweden are investigating the incident.
In early February, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Seymour Hersh published an article alleging that the United States staged the Nord Stream bombing with the help of Norway. The White House, the US State Department and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry have denied the allegations.
March 2 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declaredthat Moscow will insist on investigating the explosions and will not allow “hiding the extremities in the water”. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, in turn accused The United States says it would not allow Russian experts to help investigate the incident.
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