Suspected sabotage on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Europe has sparked an environmental disaster and finger-pointing.
Though no one knows for certain how the pipelines were ruptured, spilling methane into the North Sea, many pointed to Russia, which has benefited from spiking natural gas prices, as well as the fear factor while escalating its war on Ukraine.
For its part, Russia cast suspicion on the United States.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed at U.S. President Joe Biden, citing a statement he made on February 7.
On Telegram, Zakharova wrote:
“U.S. President Joe Biden must answer whether the United States acted on its threat on September 25 and 26, 2022, when an incident occurred on three branches of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, preliminarily qualified as pipeline ruptures, possibly as a result of explosions.”
Problem is, that puts Biden’s words, spoken at a news conference before Russia attacked Ukraine, in a false context.
The European Commission blamed the pipeline ruptures on sabotage based on seismic readings that suggested explosions. Danish and Swedish prime ministers cited “deliberate action.”
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