Ukraine has nothing to do with Nord Stream blasts, says Zelenskyy

10 March, 11:51 PM
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukraine has nothing to do with September’s explosions at the Nord Stream gas pipelines, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on March 10.

“As for the Nord Stream (explosions), we have nothing to do with this,” he said at a briefing with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Kyiv.

The New York Times suggested on March 7 that a “pro-Ukrainian group” might have been behind the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, citing US officials who have seen new US intelligence and who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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“I think it’s very dangerous that some independent media, which I have always had great respect for, are taking such steps,” Zelenskyy said.

“I think this is wrong and plays only into Russia’s hands. Or there are some business groups interested in not introducing powerful sanctions, because their business is suffering, and these groups can be not only on the territory of Russia, unfortunately.”

He noted that Ukraine is fighting the enemy – Russia, as well as those “who see nothing but money” and whose business suffers from decreased trade with the terrorist country.

According to Zelenskyy, there are third countries that earn tens of billions of dollars from helping Russia bypass sanctions, while at the same time purportedly helping Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president called such media reports disinformation and noted that he would analyze who needs it.

“The Ukrainians definitely didn’t do this,” he said.

“And this is the most important thing.”

“We’re interested in the supply of weapons, the introduction of sanctions, and our victory," Zelenskyy added.

Earlier Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, said that Ukraine had nothing to do with the incidents. Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov also denied claims that Ukraine was involved in the Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions.

A sharp drop of pressure was recorded in Russia’s gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 on Sept. 26, and the next day there were reports of the same problem with Nord Stream 1.

Both pipelines travel along the bottom of the Baltic Sea near the shores of Sweden and Denmark. Neither were operational at the time, but both were filled with technical gas.

Poland and Ukraine blamed Russia for the explosions. The Kremlin, in turn, denied involvement and in turn blamed the “Anglo-Saxons” – a common Kremlin euphemism for English-speaking Western nations.

In November 2022, Sweden’s security service confirmed that it had found remnants of explosives near the pipelines.

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