When asked if Russia considers this an international terrorist attack, Peskov replied: “This is precisely an incident. So far, we cannot give a clearer qualification, but the scale of the destruction indicates that it really was some kind of act, and, of course, imagine that such a terrorist act could take place without the involvement of some state, it is very difficult.”
When asked whether it is possible for Russia and the United States to cooperate in investigating the emergency with Nord Stream, Peskov said that it was impossible to answer, because there are no “substantive contacts and cooperation between security agencies.” “But the unprecedented nature of this event – it looks like some kind of terrorist act, perhaps at the state level – of course, requires very active, energetic cooperation,” he said.
“This is an extremely dangerous situation that requires urgent investigation,” the spokesman for the Russian leader said. When asked whether Moscow would seek an international investigation, he explained that everything would depend on the situation. “It will require the interaction of several countries. When there is an acute lack of communication and the unwillingness of a number of countries to contact us in sensitive areas, a lot of questions arise,” he added.
Whether Nord Stream 1 will be restarted is a technical question, the Kremlin cannot answer it, Peskov explained. Commenting on CNN’s information that there were Russian warships and submarines in the area, he recalled that this is the Baltic Sea, and much more NATO aircraft were seen there. “This is absolutely stupid news that is biased,” the president’s press secretary concluded.
Source: Российская газета by rg.ru.
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