Russia Skeptical About North Korea Torpedo Attack Evidence

May 27, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

South Korean Navy Patrol Combat Corvettes stage an anti-submarine exercise at off the western coast town of Taean on May 27. Russian authorities said that they would not support any sanctions against North Korea unless it received '100 percent proof.'  (Kim Jae-Hwan/Getty Images)
South Korean Navy Patrol Combat Corvettes stage an anti-submarine exercise at off the western coast town of Taean on May 27. Russian authorities said that they would not support any sanctions against North Korea unless it received '100 percent proof.' (Kim Jae-Hwan/Getty Images)
Russian authorities said on Thursday that they would not support any sanctions against North Korea unless it received “100 percent proof” that North Korea was behind the sinking of a South Korean warship.

On Wednesday, Russia announced that it was sending investigators to South Korea to review the evidence.

Russia's leadership is unhappy about being excluded from the multinational investigation into the cause of the sinking of the South Korean ship, according to AFP.

The lengthy investigation concluded last week finding that a strike from a North Korean torpedo caused the 1,200-ton warship to sink.

While the United States has called on more countries to condemn the attack, Russia and China, both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, who thus have veto power over any new sanctions against North Korea, have refused to do so.

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