The New York Times reported that U.S intelligence suggested that a pro-Ukrainian organization destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines that transported Russian natural gas to Europe in September 2022. However, they found no evidence that the Kyiv government was involved.
Seven months after Russia invaded Ukraine, NATO and the U.S. deemed the strikes “an act sabotage”, which resulted in the destruction of three of the four Baltic Sea Pipelines.
Putin calls for the U.N. Security Council’s examination of Ukraine’s Western allies. Both sides have evidence.
According to the New York Times, there was no evidence that U.S. officials had found any proof that Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian President, or his top aides were involved or that the perpetrators were acting on their behalf.
John Kirby, White House spokesperson, said Tuesday that only then should we consider what follow-up actions might or might be appropriate.
Mykhailo Podolyak, senior Zelenskiy adviser, stated that the Kyiv government was not involved in the sabotage strike. He also claimed that he had no knowledge about it.
Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador, told Reuters that the report showed Moscow’s push for the Security Council’s establishment of an independent inquiry was “extremely timely”; it would seek a vote to resolve the dispute by March 31st.
According to intelligence, either Russian or Ukrainian nationals or a combination thereof were involved in the explosions of pipelines that sprayed gas into Baltic.
It said that the review didn’t identify the members of the group or the person who directed or paid the activity.
U.S. officials withheld the substance, source and strength of intelligence. They claimed that no conclusions were reached.
Gazprom built the Nord Stream gas pipelines that connected Russia and Germany. Nord Stream 1 was completed in 2011, and Nord Stream 2 is scheduled for 2021. This was in response to protests by some of Germany’s allies and Ukraine.
Germany stopped Nord Stream 2 certification due to fears that Moscow was preparing an invasion of Ukraine. Europe has also seen a significant drop in energy imports from Russia.
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