"At this stage, it is very difficult to talk about the future fate of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system," RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

Birichevsky noted that, according to experts, the damaged threads can be restored, but this requires "political and economic prerequisites" from the West.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the situation with the undermining of Nord Streams, said in an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin on the TV channel "Russia 24" that he agrees with the conclusions of American journalist Seymour Hersh that THE US special services are behind the attacks.

Hersh's investigation claims that Nord Streams were mined by divers from the United States: they operated under the cover of the BALTOPS 22 exercises, which took place in the Baltic Sea from June 5 to June 17, 2022.