Sweden announced this Wednesday the closure of its investigation into the explosions recorded in September 2022 in the Nord Stream gas pipelines, which were built to carry Russian natural gas to Germany, because it does not have jurisdiction.
The Swedish investigation was one of three open into the incidents. Denmark and Germany are also investigating what happened.
The attack, which occurred as Europe sought to wean itself from Russian energy sources after the Kremlin invaded Ukraine, contributed to tensions after the start of the war. The origin of the sabotage has been a mystery internationally.
Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist explained in a statement that “the investigation has been systematic and exhaustive.”
“Against the background of the situation we have now, we can affirm that Swedish jurisdiction does not apply,” he added.
Ljungqvist recalled that the The main objective of the investigation was to find out if Swedish citizens were involved and if Swedish territory was used to commit the acts, endangering the security of this Nordic country.
“Nothing has appeared to indicate that Sweden or Swedish citizens were involved in the attack that occurred in international waters,” the Prosecutor’s Office highlighted.
According to Ljungqvist, “the German investigation continues and due to the secrecy that prevails in international legal cooperation, I cannot comment further on the cooperation that has been carried out.”
“Nor will I be able to comment further on the conclusions of the Swedish investigation or on any suspect” in it, indicated the prosecutor, who highlighted the “good cooperation” with Denmark and Germany, “continuously sharing information and situation reports.”
On September 26, 2022, three of the four lines of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines registered an explosion during their passage through the waters of the Baltic Sea, near a Danish island and off the coast of Sweden.
In total, they were located two leaks in each gas pipeline, two in the Danish zone and two in the Swedish zoneall in international waters, which the affected governments soon described as “sabotage”, in addition to targeting a state actor.
Russia has insisted throughout this time that it was sabotage by some of the Scandinavian countries, although the international community closed ranks from the first moment and accused the Kremlin of having carried out a false flag attack.
Competing hypotheses about authorship
Both the affected countries and the rest of the European Union (EU), the United States and Russia speak of sabotagealthough they differ regarding possible authorship.
Moscow has accused “Anglo-Saxon” countries of being behind it, alluding to the opposition to the project that Washington has maintained for years, while some Western countries have pointed in the opposite direction.
An investigation by American journalist Seymour Hersh pointed to US intelligence, with the collaboration of Norway and other Western countries.
Media from the United States and Germany later pointed to a pro-Ukrainian group as the author of the sabotage.
(with information from AP, EFE and EP)