The United States has the most to gain from the disabling of the Russian-German gas link and has a record of such attacks, says Nikolay Patrushev
The United States stands to benefit economically from the attack on Nord Stream gas pipelines and has a history of targeting energy infrastructure with sabotage operations, the head of Russia’s Security Council has said.
“Virtually within minutes of news of the explosions…the West launched an active campaign of blame. But it is obvious that the first beneficiary, first in the economic sense, was the United States. Nikolay Patrushev said on Friday.
He compared this week’s incident to the attack on Nicaragua’s oil infrastructure in Puerto Sandino in 1983. At the time, CIA officers, based on a ship docked in international waters, coordinated a raid by commandos they had trained to fight against the Sandinista government, the American press reported. at the time. The US spy agency also provided speedboats for the raid, a CIA source said, according to The Associated Press.
The operation was part of the Reagan administration’s “dirty war” against Nicaragua, which later led to the Iran-Contras scandal. The CIA’s secret arms sale to Iran to fund Latin American militants came to light in 1986.
Patrushev made the remarks during a meeting with other security officials from former Soviet countries.
“It seems necessary to coordinate our efforts to expose the masterminds and executors of this crime, setting a good example of effective cooperation,” he told his counterparts.
He noted that the United States’ objective was “ensure strategic and economic superiority over alternative centers of power” even if Washington’s ally, the EU, suffers from its policy. The United States is replacing Russian natural gas with its more expensive liquefied natural gas, as the bloc moves to decouple its economy from Russian energy sources.
The leaks in the two Nord Stream pipelines were first detected on Monday, when pressure in the undersea links directly linking Russia to Germany dropped significantly. The pipelines were apparently pierced with explosives, with the blasts detected by seismic sensors in Sweden.
Moscow called the incident an international terrorist attack on civilian infrastructure, while some Western officials described it as an act of sabotage.
Some Russia critics have speculated that Moscow decided to blow up its own gas links with Germany to put pressure on the EU.
Polish MEP and former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski thanked the United States for the incident but later deleted the tweet, calling its implied assertion of Washington’s involvement a personal working theory.
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