Vladimir Putin claimed the United States was responsible for Nord Stream pipeline explosion but gave no proof in his interview with Tucker Carlson.
On September 26, 2022 blasts knocked out three of the four strands of the Nord Stream pipelines, essentially destroying the main energy link between Russia and the West.
Russia reportedly believes repairs will cost at least $500 million, but the Kremlin still has not confirmed the pipes will be fixed. The Nord Stream project is a pair of underwater natural gas pipelines that runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany to provide Western Europe with natural gas.
During a two-hour interview with ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson posted on Thursday, Putin accused the CIA of blowing up the pipeline.
Carlson asked the Russian president who blew up Nord Stream, which Putin responded, ‘You for sure.’
Vladimir Putin claimed the United States was responsible for Nord Stream pipeline explosion but gave no proof in his interview with Tucker Carlson
Carlson then asked if he had any evidence that NATO or the CIA was responsible for the attack, but Putin refused to provide any. ‘You know, I won’t get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested,’ said Putin
‘I was busy that day. I did not blow up Nord Stream. Thank you though,’ Carlson joked.
Putin said, ‘You personally may have an alibi, but the CIA has no such alibi.’
Carlson then asked if he had any evidence that NATO or the CIA was responsible for the attack, but Putin refused to provide any.
‘You know, I won’t get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested,’ said Putin.
‘But in this case, we should not only look for someone who is interested, but also for someone who has capabilities, because there may be many people interested, but not all of them are capable of sinking to the bottom of the Baltic Sea and carrying out this explosion.’
‘These two components should be connected. Who is interested and who is capable of doing it,’ the Russian president said.
The United States government has staunchly denied claims of involvement in the attack on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
On September 26, 2022 blasts knocked out three of the four strands of the Nord Stream pipelines, essentially destroying the main energy link between Russia and the West
Tucker pressed Putin, ‘If you had evidence and presumably given your security services or Intel services, you would that NATO, the US, CIA, the West did this, why wouldn’t you present it and win a propaganda victory?’
The President of Russia said, ‘In the war of propaganda, it is very difficult to defeat the United States because the United States controls all the world’s media and many European media.’
‘The ultimate beneficiary of the biggest European media are American financial institutions. Don’t you know that? So it is possible to get involved in this work, but it is cost prohibitive, so to speak.’
‘We can simply shine the spotlight on our sources of information and we will not achieve results. It is clear to the whole world what happened then. Even American analysts talk about it directly. It’s true,’ he said.
Blame for the attack was initially pinned on the US, Russia, the Ukrainian secret services and an unnamed businessman in Ukraine. All three countries have vehemently denied responsibility.
A convoy of six Russian naval vessels was reportedly spotted near the Nord Stream pipeline just five days before it was sabotaged.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was deliberately kept out of the loop, according to a CIA report shared by Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, on the Discord chat platform.
A report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh claims the U.S. was responsible for the Nord Stream pipeline attacks. Navy divers alleged planted the explosives in June, using NATO exercises as cover. They were then detonated remotely in September, it is claimed. The White House and the CIA have flatly denied the report.
Russia has also been accused of carrying out the Nord Stream gas explosions. Explanations range from divers to spy subs, and underwater drones, with one possible motive being to cripple Europe’s winter energy supplies
Teixeira, 21, was arrested in April for leaking the material and faces trial for sharing national secrets.
According to his document, the CIA reported: ‘All of those involved in planning and execution reported directly to [chief of defense] Zaluzhny, so Zelensky wouldn’t have known about it.’
Other sources have reported that Roman Chervinsky, a colonel in Ukraine’s special operations forces, was behind it – but Zelensky did not know.
Pulitzer journalist Seymour Hersh theorized U.S. Navy divers planted C4 explosives on three Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022 which were detonated three months later using a sonar buoy which broadcast a signal that triggered the bombs.
The White House repeatedly denied this claim as ‘utterly false and complete fiction’.