Nord Stream pipeline sabotage attributed to US by Sachs
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Columbia University’s Professor Jeffrey Sachs has argued that the USA military was behind the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines. Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipelines, which run from Russia to Germany on the bed of the Baltic Sea, were ruptured last month with the culprits yet to be formally identified by either Russia or the West.
Professor Sachs told Bloomberg: “The destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline which I would bet was a US action perhaps US and Poland.
But host Tom Keene interrupted: “Jeff, Jeff you’ve got to stop there, that’s quite a statement as well.
“Why do you feel that that was a US action? What evidence do you have of that?”
Professor Sachs continued: “Well, first of all, there’s direct radar evidence that US helicopters, military helicopters that are normally based in Gdansk were circling over this area.
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“We also had the threats from the United States earlier in this year that one way or another, we are going to end Nord Stream.
“We also have a remarkable statement by Secretary Blinken last Friday at a press conference, so he says this is also a tremendous opportunity.
“It’s a strange way to talk if you’re worried about piracy on international infrastructure of vital significance.
“So I know this runs counter to our narrative and you’re not allowed to say these things in the West but the fact of the matter is all over the world when I talk to people, they think the US did it.”
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Until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany was one of western Europe’s main sources of gas.
Nord Stream 1 comprises two separate lines as does Nord Stream 2, which was filled with gas, but never allowed to deliver supplies to Europe as Germany suspended authorisation just before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Three of the four lines have been disabled by what the West and Russia say was sabotage causing huge leaks and the Danish authorities said the fourth was being depressurised on Tuesday.
President Vladimir Putin on Friday blamed the United States and its allies, allegations rejected by Washington. Russia has condemned what it called “stupid” theories in the West that it sabotaged the pipelines itself in explosions last week.
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The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russia must be part of investigations into the incidents, while one of Putin’s allies said they recalled the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-backed attacks on oil infrastructure in Nicaragua in 1983.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen for her part said EU countries needed to step up protection of their critical infrastructure by conducting stress tests and using satellite surveillance to detect potential threats.
She was speaking in the European Parliament ahead of a meeting of leaders of the 27 EU countries on Friday in Prague when they will debate the EU price cap plan.
The details have yet to be worked out, but the idea has support from the majority of countries that see it as a way to deal with inflation. It has, however, faced opposition from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands that cite concerns it will make it harder to secure supplies.
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