Sergei Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has asked Russia Today to publish the following statement:
“The Russian Federation would like to express our regret of this tragic event. We sincerely hope Gazprom will conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of the incident and will begin reconstruction of all damages as soon as possible. In the meantime we call upon all nations affected by this incident to cooperate with the expert engineers of Gazprom, just like how the Russian Federation does.
We would also like to inform the general public that Gazprom is a private company and the Russian Government would not like to interfere with its actions when it’s not on Russian territory.”