US professor offers Nord Stream theory – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Bloomberg hosts rushed to arrest Jeffrey Sachs as he blamed pipeline explosion

Economist Jeffrey Sachs speculated on Monday that the sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines was the work of the United States and possibly Poland, much to the chagrin of Bloomberg TV hosts who quickly tried to change the subject. . Now a professor at Columbia University, Sachs rose to fame in Russia for orchestrating the “shock therapy” reforms in the 1990s – but has sharply criticized the Western approach to the conflict in Ukraine in recent months.

A guest on Bloomberg’s “Surveillance” show on Monday, Sachs was asked to comment on the Russia he “knew so well” under President Boris Yeltsin. Instead, the hosts rushed to cut him off after saying the conflict was “on the way to escalation towards nuclear war” and did not start in February 2022.

“Most people don’t see it the way we describe it,” Sachs told Bloomberg’s Tom Keene how co-host Lisa Abramowicz has tried to change the subject of inflation in Europe.

The EU is in a “very strong economic recession” Sachs agreed. The mainland was “to get hammered” by energy shortages, aggravated by “the destruction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline which I would bet was an action of the United States – possibly of the United States and Poland”, he manages to add before Keene cuts him off, asking for proof of that claim.

“Well, first of all, there is direct radar evidence that American helicopters, military helicopters that are normally based in Gdansk, were circling over this area. We also received threats from the United States, earlier this year that “one way or another we are going to end Nord Stream”. We also have the remarkable statement of [US] secretary [of State Antony] Blinken last Friday at a press conference; he says ‘this is also a great opportunity.’ Sorry, that’s a strange way of speaking if you’re worried about hacking on critical international infrastructure,” Sachs retorted.

“I know it goes against our narrative, you’re not allowed to say these things in the West, but the fact is all over the world, when I talk to people, they think the United States did it”, he added.

Abramowicz tried to change the subject again, saying Bloomberg couldn’t provide “counterweight” what he was saying. Undeterred, Sachs answered the next question by describing the current situation as “the most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis” in 1962, the United States fighting with both Russia and China, without any attempt to defuse things.

Currently director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York, Sachs has become known among Russians for his “shock therapy” reforms in 1991-1993. The overhaul of the entire Soviet economy ended up destroying the lives of millions of Russians and handing the country’s wealth over to a handful of oligarchs.

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