The UN Security Council on Tuesday held a meeting on the bombings of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines that connect Russia to Germany.
Russia called the meeting after a bombshell report from investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said President Biden ordered the attack on the pipelines, an allegation the White House denies.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said at the meeting that Moscow was calling for an independent investigation. He said Russia wasn’t looking for the Security Council to hold a trial, but suggested an investigation could be led by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“This journalist is telling the truth,” Nebenzia said at the meeting. “This is more than just a smoking gun that detectives love in Hollywood blockbusters. It’s a basic principle of justice; everything is in your hands, and we can resolve this today.”
During the meeting, the Council was addressed by American economist Jeffrey Sachs and Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and contributor to Antiwar.com. Sachs presented evidence that the US had the motive to carry out the attack, including President Biden threatening to “bring an end” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in comments made on February 7, 2022.
Sachs also mentioned how US officials celebrated the Nord Stream bombings. Just a few days after the blasts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the incident a “tremendous opportunity” to wean Europe off Russian gas.
The US representative at the meeting, John Kelley, repeated Washington’s denial that it was involved in the blasts and dismissed Hersh’s report and evidence of America’s motive as “conspiracy theories from the internet.” Other council members expressed support for an investigation, including China.
“As the most authoritative and representative international organization, the UN can play an active role in conducting an international investigation and ensuring the security of transboundary infrastructure,” the Chinese ambassador told the Security Council.
Sweden, Denmark, and Germany have started investigations into the incident but have shared little detail. The three countries told the UN Security Council that they were still ongoing. “These investigations have not yet been concluded. At this point, it is not possible to say when they will be concluded,” they said in a joint letter.
Hersh’s report said that US Navy divers planted explosives on the Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022 during NATO exercises in the Baltic Sea. It said the operation was done in cooperation with Norway, and a Norwegian spy plane detonated the explosives by dropping a sonar buoy on September 26, 2022.
Hersh published an article on his Substack on Wednesday about the history of the Norwegian Navy’s cooperation with the US. He concluded the piece by asking: “What else do we not know about the secret operation in Norway that led to the destruction of the pipelines? And is there anyone in the Senate and the House, or in the American press, interested in finding out what was going on — and what else we do not know?”