Who is responsible for the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, which continue to leak in the Baltic Sea?
At this stage, no "smoking gun", but the West suspects Moscow, which would seek to sow discord between Washington and its European allies.
Russia, which called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, half-heartedly accused the United States of being responsible, taking advantage of old ambiguous statements by Joe Biden and a diplomat .
Insinuations deemed "ridiculous" by Washington.
The short version, repeated by Moscow, Tucker Carlson on Fox News and thousands of conspirators on Twitter and Truth Social, is this: Vladimir Putin has no interest in sabotaging Nord Stream, he can turn off other taps whenever he wants. ;
the United States has always been opposed to Nord Stream 2, which threatens their exports;
Joe Biden had assured in February that his administration would “terminate” the gas pipeline in the event of an attack;
and Victoria Nuland, of the State Department, had assured that it would not enter service, “one way or another”.
Washington would therefore have a motive, the opportunity and the means to strike.
Joe Biden never spoke of attack or sabotage.
During a confused press conference, two weeks before the start of the Russian offensive, he assured him: “If Russia invades (Ukraine), then there will be no more Nord Stream 2. We will be there. let’s put an end “ (“there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it”, in VO) How, asks a journalist?
“I promise you, we can do it”
"There will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it..." pic.twitter.com/y5nLBhXTe8
— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) September 27, 2022
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Two weeks earlier, Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland made a similar speech, warning that in the event of a Russian invasion, the pipeline would "not proceed, in one way or another ".
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These remarks must be placed in the context of the time.
In late January-early February, US intelligence had become certain that Vladimir Putin intended to invade Ukraine, and feared that Germany's Russian-energy dependence would crack Europe's united front.
In all likelihood, Joe Biden was talking about diplomatic pressure.
And did not announce its intention to hit the pipeline in front of cameras around the world.
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