(NewsSpace.com) – The Nord Stream pipeline, which runs from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea, has the capability of transporting up to 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. While not currently in operation, it was designed as a pivotal means of transporting Russian exports. However, due to Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and pressure from the EU and the United States, Germany halted the project in February 2022. Seven months later, multiple explosions damaged both Nord Streams 1 and 2. An investigation is still underway, but a recent exposé on Substack appears to point the finger at the United States.
In September 2022, Denmark and Sweden both reported damage to three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, with the latter confirming it was “gross sabotage.” Authorities located four holes in the structures after investigating a drastic drop in pressure that occurred on September 26. Seismologists also detected explosions in the area, which led to the speculation of sabotage — but nobody was sure who carried it out. Neither Sweden nor Denmark authorities have revealed who they believe responsible for the attack.
As of the time of writing, the origin of the explosions still remains a mystery, but one journalist says it’s the work of the US government.
Seymour Hersh Blames United States
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh posted an article on substack that claimed the American government is to blame for the damage to the pipeline. He cites a source who reportedly has direct knowledge of the situation. Reportedly, US Navy divers who were carrying out BALTOPS 22, a NATO exercise, “planted … remotely triggered explosives.” Then, according to Hersh, the military detonated those devices.
The journalist further states that President Joe Biden’s goal was to sabotage the pipelines, and there were many secret debates on how to carry out the mission. By using the Navy instead of the Special Operations Command, the Biden Administration avoided having to disclose the operation to Congress.
The White House has denied the claims, with White House spokesperson Adrienne Watson saying they are “utterly false and complete fiction,” according to Reuters. The CIA made a similar statement.
European officials have mixed feelings. Some say Russia is to blame, and others, like Hersh, point their fingers at the United States. On Thursday, February 9, the Kremlin called for an international investigation into the matter, demanding answers. Vyacheslav Volodin, who chairs the Russian State Duma, called it a “terrorist attack” and that the US should compensate the affected countries.
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