Sweden drops Nord Stream gas sabotage probe

Nord Stream 2 underwater gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea (denmark)
Nord Stream 2 underwater gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea (Image: Shutterstock)

Public prosecutors in Sweden have dropped their investigation into the 2022 sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Germany, saying it lacked jurisdiction in the case, Reuters reported.

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The multi-billion dollar Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines transporting gas under the Baltic Sea were ruptured by a series of blasts in the Swedish and Danish economic zones in September 2022.

Russia and the West have pointed fingers at one another and no one has taken responsibility for the Nord Stream sabotage.

Swedish Public Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist told Reuters, “We have a picture of what has happened, and what that picture consists of we cannot go into more detail, but it leads to the conclusion that we do not have jurisdiction,” he said.

“It is not Sweden’s task to continue this investigation.”

Ljungqvist said evidence in the investigation had been shared with German investigators, but secrecy laws prevented him from making the evidence public.

Denmark and Germany are carrying out separate investigations. A German government spokesperson said Berlin was still interested in pursuing the case.

In July, Germany told the UN Security Council it had found traces of subsea explosives on a sailing yacht that may have been used to transport the explosives and that trained divers may have attached the explosives to the pipelines.

Russia has levelled blame for the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage at the United States, Britain, and Ukraine for the blasts, but these countries have denied involvement.

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Some Western officials said Russian military vessels were in the area at the time of the blasts, however, Russia has responded to these allegations as being “absurd”.

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