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Nordstream Investigation Finds Evidence of Explosion

Russia said it was informed through diplomatic channels that it could not participate in the investigation.

“At the moment, we have no plans to ask Russia to participate in the investigation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. replied that it was not possible.

Water turbulence over a gas leak in the Baltic Sea. credit:APs

Operators of the pipeline, which is owned by partners in Russia and Europe, said this week they were unable to inspect the damaged section because Danish and Swedish authorities locked off the area on Monday.

Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday that an area where gas had spewed into the sea for almost a week was no longer cordoned off.

Sweden’s Justice Minister told the Kremlin on Wednesday that it was impossible to involve others in Sweden’s criminal investigations.

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told Reuters on Thursday that a police-led task force from Denmark, Sweden and Germany was in charge.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Moscow would insist on a “comprehensive and open investigation” involving Russian officials and Gazprom.

“Not allowing the (pipeline) owner to be present at the investigation means that something has to be hidden,” Zakharova said.

The Swedish government has not received an application from Gazprom or Nord Stream to investigate the damage, a spokesperson for the industry minister said.

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As European nations seek to reassure consumers that they will have enough electricity as the colder months approach, the CEO of energy group Eni said Thursday that Italy’s gas storage is ready for the winter. He said it would be almost full.

Nevertheless, the supply situation is tight and Italy should be alert to possible uncertainties in the event of a colder winter or unforeseen problems with its energy infrastructure, said Eni. CEO Claudio Descalzi said.

Last year, Italy sourced 40% of its gas imports from Moscow, and Eni was the country’s largest importer of Russian gas.

The head of Germany’s Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for distributing gas in the event of a supply emergency, reiterated a warning a week ago that consumption is too high.

“Without savings of at least 20% for private homes, businesses and industries, we will have a hard time avoiding a gas emergency this winter,” said Klaus Mueller of the Bundesnetzagentur.

“If we don’t significantly reduce gas consumption, the situation could get very serious,” he told Reuters.

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Nordstream Investigation Finds Evidence of Explosion

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