The draft resolution, which was submitted to the vote at the UNSC at the request of Russia, was rejected with 12 ‘abstention’ votes against 3 ‘yes’ (Russia, Brazil and China).
The bill, which had to get 9 ‘yes’ votes from 15 members of the UNSC for its adoption, demanded the UN Secretary General to establish an “internationally qualified independent investigation commission”, and stipulated that the investigation would investigate sabotage in a comprehensive, transparent and impartial manner.
Aiming to uncover the perpetrators, promoters, organizers and accomplices of the sabotage, the bill demanded the appointment of impartial and internationally recognized experts.
The bill required the UN Secretary-General to report the results within 30 days.
In his speech before the vote, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, pointed out that the investigations by Denmark, Germany and Sweden into sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines are “suspicious”.
Noting that a more comprehensive and transparent investigation is needed, Nebenzya said, “We are wasting our precious time.” warned.
The sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines in September 2022 caused extensive damage to the pipelines connecting Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea.