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West is perplexed following Seymour Hersh's article on Nord Stream — Lavrov

The top Russian diplomat also noted that this served as an additional factor for Russia

MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Western countries are perplexed following the publication of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s article on Nord Stream, with no idea how to retort to the reporter’s claims, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. "I think in addition to manners, there is also a hidden perplexity among these (Western - TASS) countries. They are at a loss as to how to raise objections, especially after Seymour Hersh published the results of his research and promised, by the way, to continue publishing additional assessments, additional conclusions," Lavrov said in an interview with the "Bolshaya Igra" ("The Great Game") public affairs program on Channel One television.

The top Russian diplomat also noted that this served as an additional factor for Russia, prompting it to "already submit a UN Security Council resolution, which is now being discussed," and "which we will certainly put to the vote," the minister added.

"But we are demanding an investigation," he stressed.

On February 8, US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published an article, which 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 that the Norwegians then activated the bombs three months later. 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 national security advisers.