German official: Nord Stream returns upon change of powers in Europe
Waldemar Herdt, the former Bundestag member, argues that talks about ending Nord Stream pipelines as a source of energy for Europe are premature despite the attack.
Deserting the Nord Stream gas pipelines is premature given the pipelines' significance for the rest of Europe, according to Waldemar Herdt, a former Bundestag member from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), as reported by Sputnik.
He stressed that discussions about ending the Nord Stream pipeline gas flow were premature and expressed confidence that all of the Nord Stream's lines will resume functioning as soon as there is a transition of power in the West, particularly Germany.
The politician stated that Russian gas ensures affordable energy, which is crucial for the maintenance and expansion of the economy of western European nations.
Zakharova suggests Denmark, Sweden probably know pipeline saboteurs
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova questioned the reason behind the decision not to include Moscow in the investigations. In a briefing she made on Thursday, Zakharova stated that "official Copenhagen proceeds from the fact that this incident is not an accident, but the result of deliberate actions and considers it necessary to conduct an international investigation of this incident. At the same time, according to the foreign minister, Denmark does not intend to have a dialogue with Moscow on this issue."
Zakharova added that "this can only be explained in one way — they probably know who did it, so Moscow's opinion is simply not interesting, because the suspect has already been identified, and it is already possible to bring him to justice."
US official: UK and US navy capable of conducting Nord Stream attack
The US and the UK may be behind the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline explosions, said Douglas Macgregor, former advisor to US Defense Secretary in the administration of former US President Donald Trump, in an interview with Andrew Napolitano, host of the Judging Freedom podcast.
"You have to look at who are the state actors that have the capability to do this. And that means the [UK’s] Royal Navy and the United States’ Navy <…> I think that’s pretty clear," Macgregor said.
Macgregor further noted the significance of the publication by Poland’s former FM and current member of the European Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, who thanked the United States for damaging Nord Stream 1 and 2 via his Twitter page.
Ex-Pentagon advisor argued the absurdness of the rhetoric that Russia was behind the attack, saying that "the Russians did not do this," while also adding that Germany’s involvement in the incident was also "extremely unlikely".
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