At Russia’s request, the UN Security Council will convene a meeting on Friday to discuss the apparent attacks on the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that caused Russian to begin pouring into the Baltic Sea.
“Russia has requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council due to subversive acts against Nord Stream’s two lines,” Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the UN, wrote on Telegram.
Moscow has rejected claims from Ukraine and some Western officials that it was behind the attack on the pipelines that Russia has invested billions in building. Suspicion has fallen on the US for the blasts after Radek Sikorski, a Polish member of European Parliament and Russia hawk, thanked the US for the incident on Twitter.
The Biden administration has not offered an official denial, but an unnamed senior military official said the US military was “absolutely not involved” in the incident.
Russia has demanded an answer from President Biden as to whether the US was responsible or not because of earlier threatening comments against Nord Stream 2. Back in February, Biden said that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the US would “bring an end” to the pipeline.
Construction of Nord Stream 2 was completed last year, but it was never brought online as Germany suspended the project around the time Russia invaded. Russia recently suspended deliveries through Nord Stream 1 indefinitely, citing issues caused by Western sanctions.
Two leaks were discovered in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, while one was found in Nord Stream 2. While both pipelines were not delivering gas to Europe at the time of the incident, they contained gas under pressure.
Over the years, the US worked hard to oppose Nord Stream 2 by imposing sanctions but ultimately failed to stop its construction. It was always possible that the pipeline could have been brought online if relations between Europe and Russia were repaired, but the damage to both pipelines will be very difficult to repair.