Biden says Nordstream pipeline damage was ‘deliberate sabotage’


President Joe Biden has called the damage to the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines under the Baltic Sea a deliberate “sabotage”, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US and its allies He said he would not be “intimidated” by the attacks. words or threats.

“This is a deliberate act of sabotage and right now Russia is spouting disinformation and lies,” Biden told reporters at the White House. His latest remarks denounce Putin’s claims that the West was responsible for blowing up a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to Germany.

“We will work with our allies to find out exactly what happened, and at my direction, we have begun to help our allies increase the protection of this critical infrastructure,” the president said. added. “And when things settle down in good time, we will send divers to find out exactly what happened.”

Biden, who accuses Moscow of spreading “disinformation and lies,” Kremlin claims Washington had motivation to blow up pipelines to sell more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe is likely to refer to

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, told the Security Council on Friday that the United States would “definitely” benefit from the destruction of the pipeline.

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Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia speaks to the media at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 4, 2022. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“American liquefied natural gas suppliers should celebrate a significant increase in LNG supplies to Europe,” Nebenzia said.

Also on Friday, Putin directly accused Western powers of blowing up a Gazprom-led pipeline.

“Sanctions were not enough for the Anglo-Saxons. They embarked on subversive activities,” Putin said. The United States and other countries have imposed several sanctions against Russia since Putin sent troops to attack Ukraine earlier this year.

The White House dismissed all Kremlin accusations that the West was responsible for the damage, labeling Moscow’s allegations “untrue.”

“Don’t listen to what Putin says. We know what he’s saying isn’t true,” Biden said at a White House press conference.

Biden refused to directly accuse anyone of “willful sabotage.” Instead, he said the United States should investigate the case further and gather more evidence. is the most powerful in

Earlier this week, researchers from the Danish and Swedish seismological institutes found that the pipeline damage was most likely caused by an explosion, ruling out the possibility of a natural disaster.

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A Baltic Sea gas leak from the Nord Stream taken from a Coast Guard aircraft on September 27, 2022. (Swedish Coast Guard via AP)

The explosion occurred near the location of the pipeline, according to data released by a team of seismologists. Both the Danish and Swedish seismic agencies took up the suspected explosion on Monday.

“We’re not exactly, but we’re pretty close to the leak area,” said Björn Lund, director of the Swedish National Seismic Network at Uppsala University. Said NPR on Wednesday added, “I can’t think of anything that would produce this.”

Biden, meanwhile, said on Friday that the United States would continue to provide military equipment to Ukraine so it could “defend itself and its territory.”

“[Putin] Biden said, “You can’t just take our neighbor’s territory and get away with it,” adding that the United States and its allies are “fully prepared to defend.”

“America is fully prepared … together with our NATO allies to defend every inch of NATO territory, every inch,” the president said. “So Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch.”

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