Intelligence reports indicate that sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines was orchestrated by a pro-Ukrainian group, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed US government officials.
Officials said that there is no evidence that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his government intervened in the sabotage, and that they do not have any information about the group involved, its connections or instigators.
While US officials did not provide information about the source and details of the intelligence reports, they said that the saboteurs could be Ukrainian or Russian nationals who are anti-Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Noting that the explosives used in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines were planted by professional divers who do not have a military connection, the authorities emphasize the possibility that these people may have received special military training.
While emphasizing the issue of diplomatic sensitivities and confidentiality of reports, officials believe that the information in the intelligence reports could have a profound effect on the coalition countries that support Ukraine.
It is stated that the direct or indirect association of Ukraine with the incident may lead to tensions in relations with many European countries, especially with Germany.
On the other hand, Russian officials, who criticize the reliability of intelligence reports, argue that they were deliberately left out of the investigation of sabotage against pipelines.
“This is obviously the coordinated spread of disinformation in the media,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov told Sputnik about the reports. used the phrase.
Reply from Ukraine
The Ukrainian side also denied any connection to the attacks and claimed that it did not know who carried out the sabotage.
Ukrainian Presidential Office Advisor Mihail Podolyak shared on his social media account that Ukraine had nothing to do with the incident in the Baltic Sea and announced that they did not have any information about the pro-Ukrainian saboteur group, which is the subject of reports.
The allegation that the attack was carried out by the United States on Biden’s orders
Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Seymour Hersh, in his article published on the Substack site last month, claimed that the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines were carried out at the behest of US President Joe Biden.
As evidence for Hersh’s claim, he cited the statements of the US president and other senior officials before the Ukraine war.
Before the Ukraine war, Biden replied to a reporter’s question about the Nord Stream 2 project, “If Russia invades (Ukraine), it means tanks and soldiers cross the Ukrainian border, Nord Stream 2 will no longer exist, we will put an end to it. I promise, we will do it.” ‘ he had replied.
The United States, which denied the allegations, stated that the Biden government had nothing to do with the attack.
The sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines in September 2022 caused extensive damage to the pipelines connecting Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea.