Denmark not to allow Russia joining Nord Stream attack investigations
After Copenhagen's recent decision to forbid Moscow from partaking in the investigation of Nord Stream pipelines explosions, Moscow slammed the former's decision as "Fraud"
In a statement reported by the Local Denmark newspaper, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said that Copenhagen expressly forbids Moscow from partaking in the investigation of the Nord Stream pipelines’ explosion.
The minister contended that Denmark, Sweden, and Germany are committed to the rule of law, so the investigations and consequent results should be trusted thus Russia needn’t be involved, according to the newspaper.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, announcing Moscow’s stance, described Copenhagen's decision as a "fraud" and "scam".
"This is a fraud, an absolutely real scam, it's not even a Ponzi scheme, but a cheap trick, which, in my opinion, no one has been buying for a long time, they play it for themselves, but I think the story with Nord Stream will not have such an ending, like many other stories that they bury and clean up, for one simple reason — big money is at stake," she said to Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia had offered the Danish authorities to form an international group of experts to investigate the Nord Stream explosions, but was met with a firm refusal.
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines connecting Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea were attacked by a series of unexplained explosions last September. The Had since described it as a case of state terrorism.
Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that last year's Nord Stream gas pipeline explosion had been carried out on a "state level", dismissing claims which suggest that an autonomous pro-Ukraine organization was responsible for the blast as "complete nonsense".
After American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a shocking article in February in which he claimed that the US and Norway were behind the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, the former Head of the French Military Mission at the United Nations General Dominique Trinquand said, in early March, that the West may be purposefully suppressing the findings of investigations into the Nord Stream blasts