The accident occurred in September last year. A series of powerful explosions destroyed the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines In the Baltic Sea – southwest of the island of Bornholm – before the gas pipeline enters Danish territorial waters. After this event, it was revealed that the bombings were intended and directed at Russia.
“We are shocked by the unpunished sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the NATO-EU area of responsibility,” Sergey Lavrov said at the G20 summit. The Russian Foreign Minister calls for a fair and speedy investigation with the participation of Russia. He described the incident itself as an act of terrorism.
However, Lavrov did not mention that experts suggest that Russia may be responsible for the damage to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
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The Russian minister also took the opportunity to attack the West at the G20 forum. “I would like to apologize to the Indian presidency and our colleagues in the Global South for the misconduct of some Western delegations who have turned action on the G-20 agenda into a farce, trying to shift the blame for their economic failures primarily to Russia,” he said.
“Aggressive Russophobia looks especially strange if we remember that the Western members of the G-20 never lamented the hundreds of thousands of victims Washington has suffered in the Middle East under the pretext of dealing with national security threats ten thousand miles from the US border,” Lavrov said.
On the sidelines of the conference, a meeting of the heads of Russian and American diplomacy was held, including on Ukraine. This was the first meeting between the two diplomats since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
As a US State Department official told the media, during a meeting with Lavrov, Blinken stressed that the US would support Ukraine, which is defending itself against Russia “as long as it takes.” He also said that Russia should Return to and comply with the terms of the New START treaty to control strategic nuclear weapons.
The third issue raised was Russia’s demand for the release of Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who was sentenced to 16 years in a labor camp for espionage, Reuters reported.
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