Russians ‘benefit the most’ from pipeline sabotage, says German spy boss

The former head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service says Russia had “the most to gain” by sabotaging Russian gas pipelines to Germany bypassing Ukraine and Poland.

“Unnoticed and conspiratorial damage to pipelines at a depth of 80 meters in the Baltic Sea requires sophisticated technical and organizational capabilities that clearly indicate a state actor,” former intelligence chief Gerhard Schindler said in comments to media. Germans quoted by POLITICS.

The German went on to insist that “[o]Only Russia can truly be considered for this, especially since it has the most to gain from this act of sabotage.” While this is a common view among European leaders, it is otherwise one of many publicly unproven theories in a global finger-pointing game around Nord Stream gas pipeline sabotage. .

Ukraine, which would be at a disadvantage in the war if European countries collapsed on sanctions over the winter in a bid to buy Russian gas to keep heating going, and Poland, which are warmongers on Russia and win money on transit fees for gas passing through their territory, which Nord Stream does not do.

While transit fees are still a major source of income for Ukraine to this day, with payments ongoing despite the active war between Moscow and Ukraine, it seems to be pushing credulity to the breaking point to imagine that Poland would now choose of all time to start bombing energy infrastructure.

Some – especially Russia and China – have pointed the finger at the United States, citing a US President Joe Biden’s February speech swearing that if Russia invaded Ukraine, he had the tools at his disposal to “end” Nord Stream 2.

Nevertheless, officials from European Union countries seem convinced that the damage to Nord Stream gas pipelines, which was inflicted just as a new Norway-Denmark-Poland pipeline was opening, was the result of sabotage. rather than an accident or seismic activity.

Ukrainian officials, like their counterparts abroad, including the German Schindler and British conservative politicians Bob Seeley in the United Kingdom, also pointed the finger at Russia, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling the explosions “a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression against [the European Union].”

Political insiders are promoting similar arguments, suggesting that Russia destroyed its own Nord Stream pipelines – but not overland pipelines – to send a message to its Western customers.

“Prepare for a life without Russian gas… It’s a threat of complete shutdown,” suggested David Goldwyn, the US State Department’s energy czar under Barack Obama, in terms of the potential justification for the destruction. by Russia of its own pipelines – although they had already cut Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 was never brought into service.

Speculation that Western actors were behind the alleged sabotage of Nord Stream has been fueled to a large extent by Radek Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and former Polish Foreign Minister under the former globalist party of the Civil Platform (PO).

Sikorski, who ironically was forced to resign after a taped conversation leaked his crude dismissal of Barack Obama’s Polish alliance with America as ‘worthless’, tweeted a picture of the sea bubbling at the site of damage with the words “Thank you, USA” shortly after the damage was first reported.

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