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World News February 21, 2023

China calls for a thorough investigation of Nord Stream explosion

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Monday said, the international community has the right to demand a thorough investigation into the attacks on Nord Stream gas pipelines.

Nord Stream, a critical network of pipelines that carried natural gas from Russia to Europe under the sea, was sabotaged last September.
Noting that the explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines had significant negative impacts on the global energy market and the global ecological environment, Wang said it is necessary to carry out an objective, impartial and professional investigation on the incident.

Veteran U.S. investigative journalist Seymour Hersh alleged in a self-published report that U.S. Navy divers helped by Norway had planted explosives on the pipelines running under the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany last June and detonated them three months later. White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson described the report as “complete fiction.”

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vasily Nebenzya on Sunday urged the UN Security Council to launch an investigation into the attacks on Nord Stream gas pipelines, saying the UN is capable of establishing mechanisms to investigate such an incident after the UN said it had no mandate.

Sources: CGTN

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