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Nord Stream Sabotage
The Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which delivered energy to Germany from Russia, were hit by explosions in September 2022. In February, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that the explosions were organized by the US with the support of Norway.

Renowned Journalist Seymour Hersh Says US-Planted Explosives Destroyed Nord Stream

© Photo : Danish Defence Command/Forsvaret Ritzau Scanpix Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022
Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.02.2023
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh confirmed to Sputnik that he authored an investigative report saying that US Navy divers planted explosives to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines last year.
"Of course," Hersh told Sputnik, when asked whether he authored the article, which was published on a Substack account created shortly before its publication.
The article states that the United States decided to sabotage the pipelines following more than nine months of highly secret debate inside the US national security community.

"Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning," Hersh wrote in his Substack newsletter.

The article also says that the alleged decision to sabotage the pipelines followed more than nine months of highly secret debate inside US national security community.
The White House dismissed the claims as "false and complete fiction.”
Commenting on the situation, a US Defense Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday that the United States was not involved in the blowing up of the Nord Stream pipelines on September 26, 2022.
"The United States was not involved in the Nord Stream explosion," the spokesperson said.
In this picture provided by Swedish Coast Guard, a small release from Nord Stream 2 is seen, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.02.2023
Nord Stream Sabotage
Berlin Not Excluding Possibility That West Could Scapegoat Russia for Nord Stream, Media Reports
The blasts occurred on September 26 at three of the four strings of Nord Stream 1 and 2 underwater pipelines built to carry a combined 110 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Europe annually.

Germany, Denmark, and Sweden launched separate investigations into the suspected sabotage, with German media reporting trust issues among the three EU nations. The Russian chief prosecutor's office said it had opened an inquiry into possible international terrorism.
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