Putin urges Denmark to involve Russia in Nord Stream probe

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Putin urges Denmark to involve Russia in Nord Stream probe
Handout picture released by the Danish Defence Command showed what the gas leak looked like at the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Photo: Danish Defence/AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Danish ambassador Jakob Henningsen directly on Wednesday in the matter of Nord Stream sabotage, according to Russian news agency Tass as Sweden said it was "still unclear" who was responsible.


"We hope, Mr Ambassador, that the Danes will support our proposal to establish an independent international commission to investigate all the circumstances of the incident," the Russian President noted.

Russia has also previously asked Denmark to involve the Russians in the efforts to find out who was behind the explosions at Nord Stream.

Putin's address on Wednesday took place at a ceremony in Moscow.

The Danish ambassador to Russia, Jakob Henningsen, took part, along with 16 other foreign ambassadors. Jakob Henningsen has been Denmark's ambassador to Russia since September 2020.

According to the Russian news agency Ria, Putin said at the ceremony that relations between Russia and Denmark have historically been close.

"But there is unrest in the Baltic Sea at the moment," he noted.


Swedish prosecutor: Still unclear who was behind Nord Stream sabotage

On Thursday, the Swedish Public Prosecutor's Office stated that it is still unclear who was behind the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

The Office further noted that getting any clarification on the case could be difficult.

"We turn over every stone and leave nothing to chance," Mats Ljungqvist of the Public Prosecutor's Office, which is investigating the case, said in a press release.


"We hope to be able to confirm who committed the crime, but it should be noted that it will most likely be difficult given the circumstances…There is a variety of information and reports about the sabotage of the gas lines," he added.

Danish police are also still investigating the sabotage.

"We are aware that many people have an interest in the case. That is all that we can say," Jesper Bangsgaard, the press spokesman for the Copenhagen police, told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).


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