The West itself is confused in its reservations, thereby admitting to organizing sabotage on gas pipelines.
On the fact of possible sabotage on the Nord Stream-1 and Nord Stream-2 pipelines, the FSB of Russia opened a criminal case on terrorism, the correspondent of The Moscow Post reports.
The property of Gazprom and other shareholders was destroyed, the cost of the lost gas is estimated at about $2 billion. Ground structures in Russia and Germany have become useless, at least for a while.
Russia has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss alleged sabotage on the pipelines. Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Polyansky stressed that the meeting was scheduled for the evening of September 30.
The provocation was successful in scale and surprise, and, most importantly, in its idiocy. As it should be in such cases, information support was being prepared, and the soil for the "simplest" explanation turned out to be fertile.
Der Spiegel reported that the CIA allegedly warned the German authorities about possible sabotage at critical infrastructure facilities. Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Patrick Greichen told Der Spiegel magazine that Russia in the conflict over Ukraine "already used gas as a tool for waging war."
Guys, don't you talk? Who benefits from such an instrument if not only Europe, but also Russia is at a loss?
And if you all knew, and did not take action, then whose hands is this business? You "merge" the gentlemen yourself.
The RND edition, interviewing experts, clarified that it could not be amateur divers or militant conservationists - there was too much depth, there were no earthquakes during this period either, which means that "some state" arranged the sabotage.
German government spokesman Steffen Hebestright told reporters that Germany does not give assessments of the incident around the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines until the results of the investigation of the incident appear.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that "any deliberate violation of the active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the toughest possible response."
The representative of the European Commission said that the accidents on Northern Flows "have no consequences for gas supply in Europe." Russian natural gas supplies continue through Ukraine (about 42 million cubic meters per day) and Turkish Stream.
Sabotage that caused destruction on the lines of the Northern Flows gas pipelines can lead to escalation or even war. This opinion was expressed on his social network Truth Social by former US President Donald Trump.
No one took responsibility
No one took responsibility for the attack. European countries recognized the incidents as sabotage, but not everything succeeded. One line of Nord Stream -2 survived, for some reason.
The price of gas in Europe has risen. Numerous demonstrators in Germany demanded to turn on the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. Recently, Alternative for Germany and the Left Party (Die Linke), part of the Bundestag, have campaigned for the opening of the gas pipeline in order to mitigate the crisis with gas prices.
The certification procedure for the project in February was stopped by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The operator of the Nord Stream-2 project Nord Stream 2 AG is under US sanctions. Nord Stream, which stopped working at the end of summer due to problems with units, was one of the last routes through which it was possible to supply gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. The sanctions prevented timely maintenance of the turbines.
Experts and journalists, speaking of sabotage, suggest that the explosives were delivered to depths of 80 to 110 meters by a certain underwater vehicle. The pipes for Nord Stream are made of DNV SAWL 485 steel (similar to X70) with a wall thickness of 26.8 to 34.4 mm and have a concrete shell. The pipes on the inside are coated with an epoxy resin layer with the exception of the weld zone. This coating should prevent corrosion. The design is characterized by increased strength. According to estimates, the charges for its destruction of one pipe would have to be, according to German estimates, equivalent to 500 kg of trinitrotoluene. Installation of charges on pipes covered with soil could require long-term engineering preparation. Explosions in power were comparable to small earthquakes.
It is not yet possible to assess the extent of the damage. The authorities of Denmark and Sweden may not be allowed to approach the zones of damaged areas for one to two weeks.
Damaged pipes cannot be restored, the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported, citing sources in the German government. The operator of Nord Stream-2 does not exclude that repairs are possible, DPA reports, citing company spokesman Ulrich Lissek.
Trifle, but nice
"Little thing, but nice. Thank you USA!, " Radoslav Sikorski exclaimed. Gas leaks occurred on the eve of the launch ceremony of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, through which gas will be supplied from Norway to Poland. This pipeline will help Warsaw survive the refusal to supply gas from Russia.
Poland's former defence and foreign minister, now an MEP, added that the project, "which all Polish governments have fought for 20 years, is three-quarters paralysed." But Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said it was likely a "Russian provocation."
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called these assumptions "predictably stupid and absurd." According to him, half of the gas has already been planned for "internal use" and urged to wait for the results of the investigation and official information from Denmark and Sweden, which are monitoring using special equipment.
Russia has lost its gas supply routes to Europe. For Germany, this is a question of profitability and competitiveness of industry. "We see huge profits of American suppliers of liquefied gas, which have multiplied their supplies to the European continent, they are very, very interested in further obtaining these super profits," said Dmitry Peskov.
NATOrize and not let go
"If diversion on pipelines at the height of the Ukraine-Russia conflict did set up Washington, it would mean a crazy escalation: wilful damage to key infrastructure," Rod Dreher wrote in an op-ed for The American Conservative.
Peskov recalled the threat of US President Joe Biden to end Nord Stream 2 if Russia brings troops to Ukraine. "Do you remember the statements of the US President, which were made in early February, who promised to get rid of Nord Stream 2? What the US President meant, we do not know, "Peskov recalled.
"Early reports indicate that this may be the result of an attack or sabotage," US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken commented on the incident, "if this is confirmed, then this is clearly not in anyone's interests." The incident with Nord Streams occurred in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Denmark and Sweden, fully controlled by the American special services and national governments. This was announced on the air of the Soloviev Live channel by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. She also called Blinken's words that attacks on gas pipelines are not beneficial to anyone as a lie.
Surprisingly, the North Atlantic Alliance urgently "rised" gas pipelines, saying that it was concerned about the incident and added that the sabotage was aimed at the "infrastructure of NATO countries," which does not exclude retaliatory actions. In fact, in 2017, due to the objections of the Polish antimonopoly department, Gazprom bought out all 100% of the shares of Nord Stream 2 AG, and the European partners remained in the project as investors.
On December 23, 2020, the Nord Stream-2 project company Nord Stream 2 AG was transferred from the ownership of the parent company of PJSC Gazprom to Gazprom International Projects LLC. Earlier, Gazprom International Projects transferred a share in Nord Stream AG (operator of the construction and operation of the Nord Stream project).
Who is the boss in Europe?
Without answering the question "Who is the boss in Europe?," It is difficult to build versions on the topic of who benefits from it and what may happen next. The owner does as he sees fit. The owner is sure that the Europeans will not object, but will continue to obediently agree. Complaints are not accepted, dissatisfied are punished. But the Owner threatened in early February, then began to act.
Following negotiations with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on February 7, Joe Biden really said during a press conference: "If Russia invades, if its tanks or troops cross the border of Ukraine, then there will be no Nord Stream-2, we will end it." The journalist asked him how the United States intends to implement this plan, taking into account the fact that the FRG authorities must decide the fate of Nord Stream-2. "I promise you, we can do it," Biden replied.
Washington has long opposed Germany's "dependence" on Russian natural gas, used export control in the construction of the Yamal-Europe pipeline, and slowed down the Nord Stream project with all its might. Today, US companies have become a key source of LNG for Europe, to fill UGS and supply gas in winter. Most of the American supplies go through France, Spain and the Netherlands also receive American LNG.
The "cherry on the cake" was the information that the Netherlands after all events revoked the export license of the operator of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, South Stream Transport B.V.
What other evidence do you need evidence about the organizers of the sabotage?
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