MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Russia has not yet decided whether it would repair Nord Stream, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
"Experts should give their opinion. At the moment, no decisions have been made on this issue," he said.
Peskov did not say whether Gazprom would continue to survey Nord Streams.
Four leaks were discovered in late September on the Nord Stream gas pipeline, with the most recent one pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard. On September 27, operator Nord Stream AG reported that three lines of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage. The first leak was identified on Nord Stream 2 near the Danish Island of Bornholm. Then two leaks were recorded at Nord Stream. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on the previous day. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the incidents were sabotage.
Nord Stream was one of the main gas delivery routes from Russia to Europe. Its operation has been suspended since the end of August due to problems with repairs of Siemens turbines stemming from Western sanctions. Nord Stream 2 was completed in 2021 but never put into operation.