There will be a lot of material in tonight’s news feed (for example, this Reuters article) about the sabotage of Nord Stream 2 and a parallel pipeline under the Baltic Sea near Sweden, just off the Danish island of Bornholm. Billions of dollars worth of Russian natural gas is now bubbling up through the seawater and into the atmosphere. The sabotage of the pipelines means that Europe can no longer receive any Russian gas through the undersea route, even if it were to reconsider sanctions against Russia.
The big question is: Whodunit?
The United States would like to pin the blame on the Russians, who are said to have carried out a false flag attack on their own pipeline. However, various factors, not least the video below, point to the Western alliance as the more likely culprit.
The following brief clip shows President Joe Biden’s remarks about Nord Stream 2 from a news conference early this year, just before the war in Ukraine began. He promised the reporter that the USA would put an end to the pipeline if Russia were to invade Ukraine.