Ukraine’s involvement in Nord Stream blasts ‘nonsense,’ says Russian dictator Putin

15 March, 12:13 PM
Dictator Vladimir Putin suspects the US (Photo:Sputnik/Vladimir Gerdo/Pool via REUTERS)

Dictator Vladimir Putin suspects the US (Photo:Sputnik/Vladimir Gerdo/Pool via REUTERS)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has dismissed the idea that pro-Ukrainian groups were behind last year’s explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, describing it as “complete nonsense.”

"I am sure that this is complete nonsense,” Putin told Russia-24 TV on March 14, Russian news agency Interfax later reported.

“An explosion of this kind, of this power, at this depth can only be carried out by specialists, and supported by the full power of the state, which has certain technologies," Putin said.

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He said that "theoretically, of course, the United States is interested" in stopping Russian energy exports to Europe.

From Sept. 26, 2022 four leaks in four different locations on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 subsea gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea were discovered. Both pipelines were out of service at the time but were filled with technical gas.

Sweden’s Security Service revealed in November 2022 that traces of explosives had been found in the vicinity of the pipelines.

It remains an open question who's to blame for the suspected sabotage of  the pipelines. Poland and Ukraine claimed that Russia was behind the attack. The Kremlin regime, in turn, blames "Anglo-Saxons" (the term they use to name the United States, the UK, and the West in general).

U.S. newspaper the New York Times wrote in March 2023 that U.S. intelligence speculated that a "pro-Ukrainian group" might have carried out an attack on the pipelines, referring to anonymous U.S. official sources familiar with the latest intelligence reports.

In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied that Ukraine was responsible for the sabotaging of the Nord Stream pipelines.

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