Russian diplomacy had demanded that Joe Biden say whether the United States was behind the leaks detected on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
“It’s ridiculouson the part of Russia to insinuate that the United States could be responsible for the leaks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, commented on Wednesday September 28 the spokeswoman for the National Security Council of the White House, Adrienne Watson. “We all know Russia has been spreading disinformation for a long time and they are doing it again hereshe said, after Russian diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on US President Joe Biden to say if the United States was involved.
“The US President is forced to answer the question of whether the United States followed through on its threat“, she launched on Telegram, in reference to a declaration of Joe Biden at the beginning of February which affirmed that Washington “would endto Nord Stream 2 if Moscow intervened militarily in Ukraine. At the White House, it is pointed out that these remarks actually referred to the intense pressure exerted by the American president for Germany to abandon the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, a pressure which had ended up bearing fruit.
“Europe must know the truth”
Russian diplomacy had demanded earlier in the day that US President Joe Biden say whether the United States was behind the leaks detected on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. “If Russia invades Ukraine, then there will be no more Nord Stream 2“, said Joe Biden on February 7, two weeks before the start of the Russian offensive. On Wednesday, Maria Zakharova ruled that the American president “should be responsible for his words“. “Europe must know the truth“, she added, while the causes of the leaks detected on Nord Stream 1 and 2 are still unknown.
Earlier in the day, the Kremlin claimed it was “stupid and absurdto suspect Russia of being behind these massive leaks, after kyiv denounced “a planned terrorist attackby Russia against European countries. “We see the hysterical reaction of the Poles (and) the enormous profits made by American suppliers of liquefied natural gas, which have multiplied their supplies on the European continent“, denounced his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The Swedish intelligence service announced on Wednesday that it was leading an investigation into “aggravated sabotageafter the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. Swedish Security (Säpo)took over the preliminary investigation of the events on Nord Stream from the police. The reason retained is currently aggravated sabotage“, indicates the service in a press release.
According to the Swedish seismic institute, two underwater explosionsmost likely due to detonationswere recorded near the leaks before they were detected, without for the moment determining their origin.
The Russian Embassy in Denmark also denounced Wednesday in a press release “a sabotage against the energy security of Russia and Europe“. The European Union has promisedthe strongest answer” in front of “any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure”.* Russia is regularly accused by Europeans of using gas as a “armed” against them.
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