MOSCOW: Russia is waiting for the outcome of an investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines before making any request for compensation, as stated by a foreign ministry official and reported by the RIA state news agency.
The explosions that damaged the pipelines under the Baltic Sea occurred last year, and investigations have yet to establish who was responsible.
Dmitry Birichevsky, the head of the ministry’s economic cooperation department, emphasised that a decision on compensation will be made after the investigation’s results are presented to the United Nations Security Council.
Russia has accused the United States, Ukraine and Britain of the blasts which largely cut it off from the lucrative European market. Those countries have denied involvement.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has deferred to carry out its own investigation into the incident, leaving it to the governments of Sweden, Germany and Denmark.