Russia wants UN Security Council meeting on Nord Stream explosions

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has requested a new meeting of the UN Security Council on July 11 to discuss last September’s explosions at Nord Stream gas pipelines, a senior Russian diplomat told the United Nations on Saturday.

Russia has unsuccessfully requested access to investigations by Sweden and other countries into the blasts, which severely damaged pipelines connecting Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea.

“We have requested a new public meeting of the UN Security Council on the Nord Stream explosions for July 11,” Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said on the Telegram messaging platform.

He also said Russia would invite “some interesting impartial speakers” to the meeting.

Russia failed in March to convince the UN Security Council to call for an independent investigation.

Moscow said the West was behind the explosions. Western governments have denied any involvement, as has Ukraine, which is fighting Russian forces on its territory.

The pipeline explosions occurred in the exclusive economic zones of Sweden and Denmark. Sweden, Denmark and Germany said their own separate investigations were still active and Russia had been notified.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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