Russia Tells EU to Treat U.S. as a Suspect in Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipelines

Chris Menahan
Sep. 28, 2022

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday asked the EU to treat the US as a suspect in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, citing Polish MEP Radoslaw Sikorski "thanking" the US for the destruction of the pipelines and Joe Biden's "promise" that there "will be no longer a Nord Stream 2" if Russia invades Ukraine.

From RT, "Russia tells EU to treat US as pipeline sabotage suspect":
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has asked who the EU intends to punish with the "strongest possible response" for damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines.

The diplomat said Poland's former foreign minister has already identified the US as the party behind the apparent sabotage. Radoslaw Sikorski is well connected to Washington elites through his employment at various think tanks.

The two Nord Stream pipelines were seriously damaged this week in what is suspected to have been a deliberate attack.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday called the incident "sabotage action" and warned that "any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response."

On Wednesday, Zakharova asked who exactly the warning would apply to.

"I don't get it. MEP Sikorski thanked the US for what had happened, so whom is Ursula 'threatening' there?" she wrote on social media.

Zakharova was referring to the reaction to the incident by Sikorski, now an EU lawmaker, who posted a photo of the site where the explosions occurred on Twitter with the words: "Thank you, USA." He described the incident as a "special maintenance operation."

Sikorski added that "there's no shortage of pipeline capacity for taking gas from Russia to Western Europe, including Germany," referring to the Yamal-Europe land pipeline that goes through Belarus and Poland. After the damage to the Nord Stream strings, Russian President Vladimir Putin "will have to talk to countries controlling" the alternative route to resume supplies, he predicted.

Zakharova earlier asked if Sikorskiís tweets amounted to an "official statement that this was a terrorist attack." Meanwhile, Dmitry Polyanskiy, the Russian deputy ambassador to the UN, thanked Sikorski for "making it crystal clear who stands behind this terrorist-style targeting of civilian infrastructure!"
Cui bono?

The US, Poland and Ukraine appear to be the main benefactors. The CIA wouldn't want their fingerprints on the attack so they could have worked with either country (or both) to carry out the attack.

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