US official: UK and US navy capable of conducting Nord Stream attack
Former advisor to US Defense Secretary in the administration of former US President Donald Trump, Douglas Macgregor, argues that the rhetoric that Russia conducted the Nord Stream attack is absurd.
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 the 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."
Investigation into Nord Stream sabotage
Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at a UN Security Council meeting that Moscow wants a thorough investigation into an act of sabotage against the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines.
"Russia calls for a thorough investigation to find out the real cause of what happened," he noted. "We hope that you (Western members of the UNSC) will refrain from engaging in Russophobic verbal games that defy common sense, similar to those that you used in relation to Ukrainian strikes on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant," Nebenzya said.
"It is absolutely clear to us that ordinary terrorists aren’t capable of carrying out sabotage activities of this complexity and scale. We view actions aimed at damaging the gas pipelines as a deliberate act of sabotage against Russia’s crucial energy facility," the envoy stressed.
"We will certainly establish all those involved in this act of sabotage. Any international investigation into what happened can claim impartiality only if Russia takes part in it," Nebenzya added.
Western countries see the sabotage that caused gas leaks from the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines as retaliation for Russia's actions in Ukraine, according to Nebenzya.