COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Swedish officials said Wednesday that they have decided to close their investigation into the September 2022 explosions on the underwater Nord Stream gas pipelines which were built to carry Russian natural gas to Germany, saying they don't have jurisdiction.
Sweden's investigation was only one of three into the explosions. Denmark and Germany are also examining the blasts.
The attack, which happened as Europe attempted to wean itself off Russian energy sources following the Kremlin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, contributed to tensions that followed the start of the war. The source of the sabotage has been a major international mystery.
Public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist from the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement that “Swedish jurisdiction does not apply.”
The probe's primary purpose was “to establish whether Swedish citizens were involved” and whether Sweden somehow was used to carry out the detonations, thereby putting the Scandinavian country at risk, the authority said.
Hans Liwång of the Sweden Defense University called it “a natural decision.”
“Already from the beginning, they said that it's not necessarily the case that this is a crime performed toward Sweden,” Liwång said. The probe “was a fact-finding and evidence-finding process (and) that it may be dropped when they've gathered enough information to know what had happened and how.”
The undersea explosions…