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US Will Await European Investigations into Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts


FILE - Unused pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea are seen in the harbor of Mukran, Germany, on Sept. 30, 2022.
FILE - Unused pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea are seen in the harbor of Mukran, Germany, on Sept. 30, 2022.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they will await the findings of three independent European investigations into the September blasts that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters President Joe Biden is confident the probes will be as thorough as possible, and that they should provide a better sense of what happened.

Kirby said last week the United States believes the blasts were an act of sabotage and that the U.S. was not involved in any way.

A Russian resolution at the U.N. Security Council calling for an international investigation into the blasts failed to win support, earning three votes in favor, short of the nine needed for approval.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the United States and its allies had done everything possible to thwart an investigation, while U.S. envoy Robert Wood said it is Russia that is not interested in an impartial investigation.

Between September 26 and 29, 2022, explosions caused four leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which run along the floor of the Baltic Sea, and which Russia uses to supply Europe with gas.

VOA United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer and VOA White House correspondent Paris Huang contributed to this report.

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