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Who is behind the North Stream gas leak?

01 / 10 / 2022

Recently, it became known about a large gas leak from “North Stream”. Nord Stream is the name of a pair of pipelines running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, which includes the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, each consisting of a 1,200-kilometer oil pipeline. The works of “North Stream-2” were stopped by Germany with the start of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict, and “North Stream 1” by Russia in August.

The harshest and most direct response to the gas leaks came from Ukraine. the adviser to the president, Mikhail Podoliak, described the leak as a terrorist attack planned by Russia.

The European Union described the incident as sabotage but did not make a direct accusation against Russia. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that if the leak was found to be deliberate, it would lead to the “strongest possible response”.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also did not directly blame Russia, saying that it would not be in anyone’s interest if it turns out that the leak was caused intentionally. He also emphasized that he believes that the leak “will not have a significant impact on Europe’s energy flexibility.”

As for the spokesman of the Russian government, Dmitry Peskov, the latter said that he was extremely worried about the leak, adding that the possibility of a premeditated attack cannot be ruled out.

In the background of these cautious and indirect accusations, the former Polish foreign minister, currently the chairman of the EU-US delegation in the European Parliament, Radek Sikorski, stood out, who published a photo of the leak on his Twitter platform, writing “thank you, USA”. Dmitry Polyansky, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, responded to the post, informing that “Russia has demanded an urgent session of the UN Security Council regarding the sabotage against “Nord Stream 1” and “Nord Stream 2”. Let’s see who will thank whom during this meeting.”

Thus, the proxy war between Russia and the collective West continues in full swing, including all spheres, from energy to economic and military. At the same time, it is difficult to hold high hopes that the UN Security Council will in any way resolve mutual accusations about the Nord Stream leaks and resolve the issue of Europe’s energy security, especially when its main mission, i.e. guaranteeing world peace, is the UN has already clearly failed.

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