WASHINGTON, Sep 30 – PRIME The United States will not speculate about who is responsible for the “accident” on the Nord Stream gas pipeline, but instead insists on the need to wait for the results of the final investigation, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said on Thursday.
“As for the damage that was caused to the pipeline… Frankly, there is a lot of speculation on this score, however, until the official investigation is completed, no one can determine with certainty exactly what happened there,” Austin said during a joint press conference. with his Filipino counterpart.
On Monday, terrorist attacks occurred simultaneously on two Russian gas export pipelines to Europe. According to information from the authorities of Denmark and Sweden, two gas leaks were discovered at Nord Stream and one at Nord Stream 2 near the island of Bornholm. Germany, Denmark and Sweden do not rule out targeted sabotage.
The Russian side officially requested information from Denmark about the emergency at Nord Stream as soon as the incident became known. The Danish authorities notified the Russian Federation about the explosions at the site of the gas leak. The operator of Nord Stream, Nord Stream AG, reported that the emergency on gas pipelines was unprecedented, and it was impossible to estimate the timing of repairs.
The work of Nord Stream has been suspended since the end of August due to problems with the repair of Siemens turbines caused by Western sanctions. However, the pipeline remained filled with gas. Nord Stream 2, completed in 2021 but never put into operation, has also already been filled with gas.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism after the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines.