Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has criticized the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s decision to stop the investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. Vyacheslav Volodin asserts that the move is a result of Sweden’s impending NATO membership and alleges that the investigation’s closure hides the true perpetrators of the attack.
According to Volodin, while Germany is actively pursuing leads to identify those responsible for the attack on Nord Stream, Sweden has suddenly terminated its investigation, stating an inability to identify suspects. This decision has raised eyebrows globally, particularly as discussions surrounding the attack’s culprits and beneficiaries continue to circulate.
Volodin suggests that Sweden’s reluctance to pursue the truth stems from its political alignment with NATO. He asserts that revealing the truth about the Nord Stream explosions implicates the United States as the main instigator, with Ukraine as the executor of the attack. However, he warns that openly accusing the United States could lead to diplomatic repercussions, as Washington would not tolerate such allegations.
In response to the action by Sweden, Volodin accuses the Swedish prosecutor’s office of arranging a superficial investigation to obscure the true nature of the crime. He further argues that this move serves to shield the actual perpetrators, who he claims primarily targeted Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Volodin accused that the consequences of the sabotage of the gas pipelines are that these EU nations lost an important source of cheap energy. The lawmaker asserted by saying, “Their economies are stagnating, social programs are being cut, and their citizens are facing a lot of problems.”
Volodin emphasized that the United States has ‘simply punished’ these EU nations. He also said that with the help of NATO, Washington was destroying the European Union, and European nations were only left with problems that were difficult to resolve due to their lost sovereignty. Volodin’s remarks highlight the geopolitical tensions surrounding the Nord Stream incident and emphasize Russia’s scepticism regarding Western alliances and investigations. The Russian lawmaker’s assertion of U.S. involvement in the attack adds another layer of complexity to the situation.