“I always think it’s better to keep the fox away from the chicken coop,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

Wallace added that the British side would not accept any possible offer of assistance from Russia during the investigation of the incident.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that the Russian side should take part in the investigation of accidents at the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. 

He also noted that Poland, the United States and Ukraine may be interested in accidents on the Nord Stream gas pipelines.