UN Council votes against Russian resolution on Nord Stream sabotage

UN Council votes against Russian resolution on Nord Stream sabotage
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US: The UN Security Council did not support the Russian-Chinese resolution on the international investigation of the Nord Stream sabotage Monday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The resolution was supported by 3 countries, with zero votes against and 12 nations abstained. Thus, the resolution failed to receive the nine votes required for approval.

The resolution was supported by Russia, China and Brazil, with Albania, the UK, Gabon, Ghana, Malta, Mozambique, the UAE, the US, France, Switzerland, Ecuador and Japan abstaining.

The resolution was also co-authored by Belarus, Venezuela, DPRK, Nicaragua, Syria and Eritrea. However, these states are not members of the Security Council and did not take part in the vote.

The UN Security Council on Monday will vote on a Russian-Chinese draft resolution on an international investigation into the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The text of the draft proposed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres establish an international independent commission to conduct a comprehensive, transparent, and impartial investigation of all aspects of the act of sabotage on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, including identifying the perpetrators, sponsors, organizers, and their accomplices.

The document encouraged countries conducting their own investigations to fully collaborate with the commission and share information with it. The document urged these nations to share information with other interested parties as well, TASS reported.

Russia prepared the first version of the Nord Stream resolution at the end of February but did not immediately bring it to a vote, instead invited Security Council members to discuss the document. Three sets of consultations had been held since.

A resolution must be backed by at least nine Security Council members in order to be adopted. Any of the permanent members may veto it, but only if the necessary number of votes is obtained to pass the document. If the resolution receives eight votes and the United States votes against it, it means that the veto was not used.

However, if the document receives nine or more votes, voting against it will result in the use of veto power, TASS reported.

"It's not about the number of votes; it's about the way they vote," according to Vasily Nebenzya, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Previously, Western countries claimed that Russia was isolated and did not have the Security Council's support, because it opposes the UN Security Council's initiatives on Ukraine, while the rest of the Council's members either back it or abstain, TASS reported.

The draft resolution was earlier co-sponsored by China. Other permanent members of the Security Council, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and France, are unlikely to back it and may vote against or abstain in order to avoid being accused of obstructing Security Council work. Other Western Security Council members - Albania, Malta, Switzerland, and Japan - will probably vote as heads of their bloc.

On March 26, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry revealed plans to call an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement about his intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. The time has not yet been decided.

On September 27 last year, Nord Stream AG reported "unprecedented damage" that took place on three lines of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. Swedish seismologists registered two explosions that occurred on September 26 near the pipeline route, TASS reported.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office initiated a criminal case over charges of international terrorism.

On February 8, US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published an article, said, citing sources, that US Navy divers had planted explosive devices under the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines under the cover of the BALTOPS exercise in June 2022, and Norwegians activated the bombs three months later, TASS reported.

According to the journalist, the decision to conduct the operation was made by US President Joe Biden personally, following nine months of discussions with White House security specialists.

White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a comment to TASS that Hersh's account was "utterly false and complete fiction.