Russia failed with its resolution to investigate the explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 Baltic Sea pipelines in the United Nations Security Council.

In a vote by the most powerful UN body, only China and Brazil voted with Moscow, while the other 12 countries abstained. At least nine “yes” votes are required for acceptance – without a veto by one of the five permanent members.

The decision would have called on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to launch an independent international investigation into the alleged act of sabotage. Some Council members abstained because they viewed Russia’s move as a political maneuver.

At the end of September 2022, a total of four leaks in the two gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 were discovered as a result of explosions near the Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The authorities assume sabotage. It is unclear who is responsible for this.

Germany, Sweden and Denmark have started investigations. German politicians recently warned against hasty conclusions and warned to wait for the investigations to end. Moscow, on the other hand, blamed the “Anglo-Saxons” – that is, the British and the Americans – shortly after the attack.