Illustration photo – Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech at a meeting of the leadership of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow, February 28, 2023.
Moscow – Last year's attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines took place at the state level, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as they could only have been carried out by specialists with the support of a technologically advanced state. Putin called Western media speculation that “Ukrainian activists” could be behind the damage as complete nonsense. It was reported by the TASS agency.
“The terrorist attack on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines was committed at the state level, no amateurs could have been behind it,” said the Russian president. The US was specifically interested in damaging gas pipelines, Putin also stated.
Western media reported last week, citing unnamed sources, that a pro-Ukraine group may be responsible for the attack. However, she pointed out that there is no evidence that the Ukrainian government was involved in the operation in any way. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi denied reports of Kiev's involvement in the attack.
“Similar explosion, so powerful and at such a depth, can only be carried out by specialists, supported by all the power of a state that has certain technologies at its disposal,” he emphasized. Putin.
Three of the total four pipelines of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines at the bottom of the Baltic Sea were disrupted by as yet unexplained explosions last September, one pipeline of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remained intact. The gas pipeline Nord Stream 1 was no longer flowing to Europe in the time before the explosion due to the growing tension between Moscow and the West after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow justified the stoppage of traffic as maintenance. Although Nord Stream 2 was completed, it was never launched due to the war in Ukraine and anti-Russian sanctions.